Pair jailed for lucrative drug dealing

Jailed: Paul Baxter and below, Barry Hastewell

Jailed: Paul Baxter and below, Barry Hastewell

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Two South Ribble men have been jailed for a total of seven years and four months for conspiring to supply cocaine and money laundering.

Barry Hastewell, 34, of Meadow Reach, Penwortham was sentenced to four years and Paul Baxter, 34, of Roberts Court, Leyland was jailed for three years four months.

Jailed: Barry Hastewell and below, Paul Baxter

Jailed: Barry Hastewell and below, Paul Baxter

Det Insp Graham Coates said: “These individuals funded their lifestyle through drugs and used the proceeds of criminality to live beyond their means.

“We will not tolerate those who choose to break the law by selling drugs. The public have sent us a very clear message that they do not want people who deal drugs to live among them and we will continue to use a focused police response to tackle those who blight our communities.

“I would urge anyone with any information about drug-related activity to tell us and we will continue to take action.”

Both appeared at Preston Crown Court last Friday after pleading guilty to the offences in December 2010.

The previous week Jason Furmedge, 39, of Chorley Lane, Charnock Richard, was sentenced to five years and nine months and Richard Darbyshire, aged 28 years-old, of Chapel Lane, Coppull was jailed for four years for conspiring to supply cocaine and money laundering.

John Speakman, 37, of Spendmore Lane, Coppull was also sentenced to 16 months for money laundering.

All five were arrested in November 2009 following a detailed police investigation.

A total of £50,000 of cash was recovered in a carrier bag as they were arrested.

During a subsequent search of a house on Roberts Court, a third of a kilogramme of cocaine with a street value of around £12,000, an extra £3,500 in cash and a Taser stun gun was recovered.

Suspicious activity about drugs can be reported to the police on 0845 1253545.