Prisoner Richard Brookhouse jailed for £100m drugs ring
A man who ran a £100m drugs ring while on day release from prison has been jailed for 20 years.
Richard Brookhouse, 45, of HMP Kirkham, was charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine, heroin and amphetamine from 2012, Warrington Crown Court heard.
Brookhouse was jailed for 22 years in 2003 for drugs offences.
He was sentenced with a group of others including a father and son from Manchester who imported £15m of cocaine during a "fishing trip" to France.
In 2012, police launched an investigation into Brookhouse following a tip-off that he had been meeting with drug dealers across the North West.
Brookhouse had been working with Carl Wall and Andrew Wilde. Police believe he met the pair in prison.
Det Sup Jason Hudson said: "We believed he was at the top of the network. We tackle the top echelons of drugs supplier and fire arms suppliers.
"[Brookhouse] was clearly well-connected and the eventual seizure that we got in the investigation justified our involvement in the case."
While on day release from prison, Brookhouse and his wife Diane, travelled to "clandestine" meetings.
During surveillance operations, police discovered there were three more gang members - Gerrard Mooney, Darren Williams and Karl Glennon.
In March 2013, some of the group were seen meeting father and son Paul and Steven Harwood, who acted as drugs couriers.
Police said the pair travelled to France "under the guise of a fishing trip" but were stopped in Essex on 6 April last year and were found with 78 kilos of cocaine and 2 kilos of heroin.
Det Sup Hudson added: "Overall the investigation identified seven previous importations that Richard Brookhouse and his organised crime group had made to the UK.
"The amount of cocaine imported is in the region of 500 kilos with an approximate street value of £100m."
The group who were sentenced included:
- Carl Wall, 38, of Poplar Close, Liverpool was charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A drug (cocaine) and conspiracy to supply a class A drug (heroin) and a class B drug (other). He was sentenced to 21 years.
- Andrew Wilde, 53, of Wood Lane, Manchester was charged with the same three drugs charges as Wall. He was sentenced to 15 years.
- Diane Brookhouse, 42, of Coronation Avenue, Warrington was charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine and conspiracy to supply heroin and conspiracy to class B other. She was sentenced to 14 years.
- Gerrard Mooney, 31, of Denstone Avenue, Liverpool was charged with identical three drugs charges. He was sentenced to 15 years.
- Karl Glennon, 47, of Bradfield Road, Manchester was charged with three drug supply charges. He was sentenced to 12 years.
- Darren Williams, 39, of Crompton Drive, Liverpool was charged with three drugs charges, including conspiracy to supply amphetamine. He was sentenced to nine years.
- Paul Harwood, 61, of Woodsend Road, Urmston was charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine, conspiracy to possess heroin with intent to supply amphetamine and conspiracy to supply amphetamine. He was sentenced to 12 years.
- Steven Harwood, 36, was charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to supply, conspiracy to possess heroin with intent to supply conspiracy to supply amphetamine. He was sentenced to eight years.