Men who smuggled drugs from Dover to Skelmersdale jailed
A gang who smuggled heroin and cocaine into the UK hidden in a lorry have been jailed for a total of 31 years.
Carl Robinson, 30, and Graham Miller, 38, both of Skelmersdale, were tracked bringing the drugs from Dover to Lancashire in August last year.
They were arrested after meeting Ian Adderley, 46, of Kirkby, in Skelmersdale.
All three pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import and supply Class A drugs at an earlier hearing.
They were arrested in dawn raids on 12 August after a major surveillance operation carried out by officers from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit, Titan.
Officers also seized the class A drugs which had an estimated street value of more than £1m.
Robinson, who also pleaded guilty to affray in connection with an incident at a pub in Skelmersdale on 6 August, was sentenced to nine years and nine months in prison.
Adderley, who also admitted cannabis production was sentenced to 12 years, and Miller to nine years and six months in jail.
Speaking after the trial, Det Supt Jason Hudson, head of operations for Titan, said it would do all it could to end the mens' criminal enterprise.
"Titan is here to dismantle and disrupt the organised crime groups causing the greatest levels of harm to the North West," he said.
"This group clearly fit that category and we are committed to not only arresting and bringing those people to justice but also financially ruining them, to ensure that all the financial gain that they have managed to achieve through their ill-gotten gains can be taken off them."