Two Bolton men were part of large-scale drugs and guns gang
TWO Bolton men were jailed for their part in a massive drug supply operation spanning Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside.
Andrew Longden, aged 30, of Chapel Street, Bolton, and Anthony Horbury, aged 29, of Dunsop Drive, Johnson Fold, were among those previously sentenced for conspiring to supply cannabis.
Longden was also convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
The final man in the case, Peter Gibson, aged 46, has now been also been jailed.
He was arrested after police seized 50kg of cannabis, with an estimated street value of £150,000, and cocaine, guns, ammunition and cash worth more than £650,000 during the operation.
His sentencing at Manchester Crown Court follows on from seven other defendants, including Longden and Horbury, being jailed for their roles in the crimes.
Longden was jailed for 24 months for conspiring to supply cannabis and five months for perverting the course of justice. Horbury was jailed for 31 months for conspiring to supply cannabis.
Gibson, from Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, was jailed for five years and six months for money laundering.
Gibson, who was the director of an estate agents and removal companies transporting expats’ furniture to and from Spain, was stopped by police on the M6 near Charnock Richard.
He had two holdalls containing £571,000 and another £50,000 in loose cash.
Det Insp Martin Kane, from Lancashire Police, said: “This investigation is another example of our commitment to tackling organised crime in Lancashire.
"We have seen seven men sentenced to more than 30 years in prison and removed drugs and firearms from the streets.”