Widnes car valeting firm used as front by cocaine dealers
Three men have been jailed for a total of more than 19 years after they used a Cheshire car valeting business as a front to supply 7lbs (3kg) of cocaine.
Christopher Shaw, Mark Currie and William Quinn were arrested after a covert police operation last August.
Cheshire Police said they used a van from Shaw's Widnes-based business, UK Valeting Solutions, to carry drugs.
The men were jailed at Liverpool Crown Court after admitting conspiracy to supply cocaine.
Police said Shaw, 39, from Croxteth, Liverpool, had recruited his 20-year-old employee Currie, from Runcorn, to act as a courier.
They were based at UK Valeting Solutions in the St Michaels Industrial Estate.
In August 2014, officers from the National Crime Agency watched as Shaw met Quinn, 50, from Huyton, Liverpool, at the junction of Rutland Avenue and Church Road in Halewood, Merseyside.
Following the meeting, Quinn collected a package from an address in Leathers Lane and went back to Rutland Avenue where he placed the package in the van, driven by Currie.
Police then stopped the van and a search revealed the drugs.
Officers also recovered more than £54,000 in cash after searching properties connected to the men, alongside scales and other drugs paraphernalia.
Shaw was jailed for eight years and four months, while Quinn and Currie received six years and six months and four years and six months respectively.
Greg McKenna, from the NCA, said: "As a result of diligent partnership work between officers from the NCA, Merseyside Police and Cheshire Police, Shaw and his criminal associates are now in jail."