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Ferryhill drug dealer is final gang member to be jailed

Jonny Lee Image copyright Durham Police
Image caption Jonny Lee admitted being concerned in the supply of drugs

The final member of a gang that dealt drugs across the north of England has been jailed for two years.

Jonny Lee, 35, of Duncombe Bank, Ferryhill, was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court after admitting being concerned in supplying class A drugs.

He was the 13th member of an organised crime gang that operated across northern England to be sentenced.

Jail sentences totalling more than 60 years have already been handed out to other members.

They were caught as a result of a long operation that culminated with 200 officers carrying out raids at properties across County Durham and Merseyside in February 2013.

'Top of their game'

Durham Police said the group was involved in the large-scale supply of cocaine and cannabis and associated money-laundering offences.

Three separate seizures of cocaine were made by police in 2012, including a haul of nearly 2kg worth more than £480,000, while 24kg of cannabis resin with an estimated value of £31,000 was seized.

Cash totalling £118,335 was also seized.

Det Ch Insp Victoria Fuller said: "The cocaine seized during this investigation was of exceptionally high purity.

"This demonstrates that the people taken out as part of Operation Skyhawk were at the top of their game and the sentences handed down by the courts reflect that."

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