Gang jailed for over 70 years for supplying cocaine in Greater Manchester and East Lancashire

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Twelve members of an organised crime gang have been jailed for a total of 71 years and two months for supplying approximately £500,000-worth of cocaine within Greater Manchester, Nelson and Burnley between September 2016 and September 2017.

Four other men were previously sentenced to a total of 24 years, taking the total to 95 years and two months' imprisonment for the gang.

Robert Foxen, head of the gang, organised the transportation and supply of the cocaine. He was closely assisted by Patrick O'Leary, whilst Alan McNally was responsible for the looking after the finances. The other men played various roles in the conspiracy including couriering the drugs and money around the country.

The men were charged as part of GMP's Operation Legend, a proactive investigation into the supply of cocaine within Greater Manchester and East Lancashire.

Joanna Ingle for the CPS said: "This gang operated an extremely lucrative drugs supply business over a significant period of time.

"We worked closely with the police to build a strong case of evidence against them to link each of the gang members to the conspiracy. This included careful analysis of the telephone evidence, police surveillance and the proceeds of crime they made. Once presented with the overwhelming evidence, they were left with no other choice but to plead guilty to the offences they faced."

Notes to editors

  • Joanna Ingle is Senior Crown Prosecutor for the North West Complex Casework Unit

Individual sentences:

  • Patrick O'Leary was sentenced to seven years and four months' imprisonment for conspiracy to supply Class A and possession with intent to supply Class A drugs
  • Jason Wilson was sentenced to four years' imprisonment for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and production of Class B drugs
  • Andrew Booth was sentenced to six years and four months' imprisonment for conspiracy to supply Class A, possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and possession of Class B drugs
  • Robert Foxen was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs
  • Adam Ward was sentenced to six years' imprisonment for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs
  • Jordan Roberts was sentenced to four years' imprisonment for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and production of Class B drugs
  • Alan McNally was sentenced to six years and eight months' imprisonment for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs
  • Dean McKenna was sentenced to four years' imprisonment for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs
  • Michael Grattan was sentenced to six years' imprisonment for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs
  • Liam Carroll was sentenced to six years' imprisonment for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs
  • Dean Ashworth was sentenced to six years' imprisonment for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, possession of Class B drugs and Possession of a Prohibited Weapon – CS gas canister
  • Andrew Grantham was sentenced to four years and 10 months' imprisonment for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

Previous sentences:

  • Anthony Hemnett was sentenced to six years' imprisonment for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs
  • James Henderson-Burke was sentenced to six years and nine months' imprisonment for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs
  • Daniel Shailer was sentenced to five years and three months' imprisonment for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs
  • Liam Sells was sentenced to six years' imprisonment for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

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