Father and son drug dealers who had £500,000 cannabis empire jailed
4:50pm Monday 21st October 2013 in News
FATHER and son drug dealers who had boxes full of cannabis worth half a million pounds have been jailed after a police surveillance operation.
Police followed Steven Metcalfe as he drove between Walkden and Essex before raiding his dad's flat, where they found about 40kg of cannabis bush with an estimated street value of £500,000 in four large cardboard boxes.
Metcalfe, aged 36, of Wayfarers Drive, Tyldesley, has today been jailed for four-and-a-half years after he was found guilty of supplying cannabis in a trial at Manchester Crown Court, which he had denied.
He admitted money laundering at an earlier hearing, however.
His father and accomplice, Colin Metcalfe, aged 60, of Consiton House, Walkden, earlier pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cannabis and was jailed for two-and-a-half years.
Police followed Steven Metcalfe in a Ford Transit van on June 27, 2001, travelling from Walkden to Essex, before returning after a short stop.
The van was then seen being driven to Walkden British Legion club on Wilfred Road, where the occupant got out and transferred into another car.
He was also seen speaking to two different motorists, one of whom was seen handing him something.
Police then raided Colin Metcalfe's flat and seized the drugs, and also raided a house in Lentworth Drive, Walkden.
Steven Metcalfe's finances were investigated to see if he was living off the proceeds of crime, and he will now face a proceeds of crime hearing.
Det Con Richard Hudd said: “Steven Metcalfe had built up what he thought was an unreachable drug dealing business and made himself a lot of money.
“However, all drug dealers must know that, sooner or later, their criminal life will come crashing down around them.
“We have a range of tactics that we deploy in the war on drug dealers, which we are not willing to discuss in public.
“We can say, however, that this case demonstrates perfectly how drug dealing will almost inevitably lead to criminals spending years in jail.”