News: Cops seize nearly 200kg of cocaine in the largest haul ever found in the north of England

News: Cops seize nearly 200kg of cocaine in the largest haul ever found in the north of England

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Police have smashed two prolific drugs gangs after seizing nearly 200kg of cocaine in what’s been described as the largest ever inland haul of cocaine in the north of England and the largest ever in Cheshire.

Casually counting bundles of cash using a machine, these smiling dealers were stunned when their own mobile phone footage helped secure their convictions for the record-breaking drug running plot.

The astonishing footage shows Jamie Oldroyd, 29 and Taulant Paja, 22, sitting around a coffee table covered in bundles of banknotes, MEN reports.

Oldroyd –  who controlled one of two separate organised crime groups smashed by police – was observed by detectives driving 17 different cars as part of a 14-month covert investigation.

Gang members counting their drugs money
Gang members counting their drugs money

The second gang, headed by Jamie Simpson, loaded cocaine worth £20m into a van in Kent to be transported north to Warrington.

Surveillance

Surveillance footage recorded by a police helicopter captured the moment police interceptors swooped to stop the van and a car on the M6 motorway near Knutsford last August.

Helicopter footage of cops arresting gang
Helicopter footage of cops arresting gang

Both vehicles were searched and officers discovered the cocaine hidden inside.

£20m worth of cocaine laid out in front of the van
£20m worth of cocaine laid out in front of the van

The van had been adapted to conceal drugs packed and placed into large metal draws hidden underneath a false floor.

Together Simpson and four other members of the gang – Clare Smith, Andrew Daniels, Dean Brettle and Jamie Winterburn – have now been jailed for a total of almost 35 years.

Simpson, who admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine, was locked up for 11 years and six months.

Oldroyd and other other men have also been jailed.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and was jailed for 14 years and three months.

Four other men who belonged to Oldroyd’s gang are due to be sentenced in court on later dates.

Nearly 200kg of drugs seized

£20m worth of cocaine laid out in front of the van
£20m worth of cocaine laid out in front of the van

The colossal, 186kg cocaine seizure came while Cheshire Constabulary’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit were leading a covert investigation – codenamed Operation Dreadnought – into Oldroyd’s Warrington-based OCG.

He was the owner of ProLease – a vehicle leasing company in Warrington.

Police said Oldroyd’s gang were involved in a plot to supply cocaine to Warrington, Carlisle, Scunthorpe, Darlington, Manchester and London.

The gang regularly disposed of mobile phones, used messaging applications to communicate and changed cars.

Each man had a different role to play, Cheshire Constabulary said.

Paul Ferraiolo – a member of Oldroyd’s gang – was even pictured posing in a luxury supercar.

One of Paul Ferraiolo's cars
One of Paul Ferraiolo’s cars

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Evans said: “This operation has not only resulted in the largest haul of cocaine being seized in the history of Cheshire but also the largest national in land seizure.

“We have wiped out two organised crime groups, preventing them as well as other gangs from gaining extreme profits and in doing so have protected our communities along with vulnerable adults from criminals who bring with them intimidation, exploitation and violence.

Drama as cops arrest gang members
Drama as cops arrest gang members

“To transport such a colossal amount of cocaine you have got to be a confident, arrogant and greedy individual. Simpson has proved that he is exactly that and this is what led him to believe he could bring illegal drugs into Cheshire without being disrupted.

“Despite Oldroyd’s organised crime group going to great lengths to conceal their criminality and avoid being caught we were always going to be one step ahead. Let this be a warning to other organised criminals out there, Cheshire is and always will be, a very difficult place to operate.

“I want the public to be reassured that protecting our local communities by pursuing organised criminals will continue to be at the forefront of our priorities.

Jamie Simpson’s organised crime group

Simpson  , of Delery Drive, Warrington, was sentenced to 11 years and six months for conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Clare Smith  , 36, of Oakland Street, Warrington, was sentenced to eight years and nine months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Andrew Daniels  , 41, of Laira Street, Warrington, was sentenced to eight years and six months for conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Dean Brettle  , 37, of Lord Nelson Street, Warrington, was sentenced to six years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Jamie Winterburn  , age 47, of Oakland Street in Warrington was sentenced to three years and four months after pleading guilty to money laundering.

Jamie Oldroyd’s organised crime group

Oldroyd  , of Rennie Drive, Warrington, was sentenced to 14 years and three months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Lewis Johnson  , 21, of Elizabeth Drive, Warrington, was sentenced to nine years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Moses Webber  , 21, of Moorside, Latchford, was sentenced to eight years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Terille Riley  , 21, of Heather Close, was sentenced to six years and seven months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Taulant Paja  , of Gladstone Mews, Warrington, was sentenced to six years and six months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Islam Grana  , 27, of Killingworth Lane, Warrington, was sentenced to seven years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Adam Todhunter  , 29, of Teal Grove, Warrington, was sentenced to four years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Kyle Kelly  , 20, of Solway Close, Warrington, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and will be sentenced at a later date.

Joel Reading  , 21, of Rockingham Close, Warrington, was sentenced to five years and seven months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Elliott Auton  , 22, of Rockingham Close, Warrington, was sentenced to five years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Jordan Redfern  , 22, of Montgomery Close, Warrington, was sentenced to five years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and dangerous driving.

Dean English  , 24, of St Augusta View, Carlisle, was sentenced to six years and eight months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and possession with intent to supply cannabis.

Ryan Quinell  , 25, of Antlands Lane in Horley, Surrey, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and will be sentenced at Lewis Crown Court on June 21.

Jordan Read  , 27, of Laurel Walk in Horsham, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and possession with intent to supply a class A drug. He will be sentenced at a later date.

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Paul Ferraillo  , 42, of Fox Bank Close, Widnes, was sentenced to four years and six months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Callum Voos  , 20, of Strawberry Close, Warrington, was found guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine. He will be sentenced at a later date.

William Wright  , 26, of Deanwater Close, Warrington, was found not guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine.



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