A South Ribble man has been jailed for 13 years for his part in a £2.5m drugs ring.
James Beck, 47, of Ward Street, Lostock Hall, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday, along with David Jolly, 44, of Enfield Close, Chorley, who got 12 years behind bars.
They were among 12 men and a woman who were caged for more than 152 years following an eight-month operation by Titan, the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit, into the supply of Class A drugs from Merseyside to Scotland, South Wales, Lancashire and Cheshire.
In total, Titan officers seized 9.25kg of heroin, 8.25kg of cocaine, 12kg of amphetamine and 11,370 class C tablets (benzylpiperazine) with a street value of at least £2.5m, plus £37,000 in cash.
Jolly was arrested by Merseyside Police on September 21, 2011 on the M62 near junction seven at Rainhill.
His Mercedes van was searched by officers and two kg of heroin, 11,370 tablets containing various class ‘C’ controlled drugs and £2,500 in cash was recovered.
A baseball bat was also found inside the van.
Jolly was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs on December 8, 2011 and pleaded guilty in March.
On December 6, 2011, a warrant was executed at Beck’s house. He was not at home and a few hours later handed himself in to police.
He offered innocent explanations for police observations made at his home address and elsewhere with the other conspirators.
Beck was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs on December 7, 2011.
He denied the charges and was found guilty at a trial.