Lancashire

Chorley drug dealers Martin Kiley and Phillip Jennings jailed

Martin Kiley; Phillip Jennings
Image caption Kiley and Jennings arranged and paid for drug mules to smuggle cocaine from Trinidad

Two men who made travel arrangements for drug mules between the UK and Trinidad have been jailed for a total of 20 years.

Martin Kiley, 30, and Phillip Jennings, 24, both of Chorley, Lancashire, admitted conspiring to supply cocaine and money laundering.

Kiley, of Wordsworth Terrace, was jailed for 12 years and Jennings, of Gillibrand Walks, received eight years.

Burnley Crown Court heard the mules had been jailed in the United States.

'Sophisticated plot'

The mules, a man from London and a woman from Chorley, had been found in possession of cocaine with a street value of £500,000 after landing at JFK Airport in New York in October 2008, the court heard.

Officers from Chorley's Targeted Crime Unit, a team set up to deal with organised crime gangs, worked with the Department of Homeland Security in the US to show that Kiley and Jennings were two of the organisers and financiers, police said.

The pair were then arrested on 12 April 2010.

Speaking after sentencing at Preston Sessions Court, Det Insp Graham Coates said: "This sentence is the culmination of a long and complex investigation and I am satisfied with the result.

"This was an organised venture which saw these individuals co-ordinating a sophisticated criminal plot. The operation put a stop to high-purity drugs entering the country and being dealt on our streets."

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites