A MAJOR police drugs swoop has been hailed a success after five men from Chorley were sentenced to a total of nearly 20 years behind bars at Preston Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday) for supplying class A drugs.

The men, who all pleaded guilty to supplying drugs such as heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine, were arrested in July as part of Operation Nimrod.

Peter Fallon, 32, of Granville Court was sentenced to three years and six months alongside Roderick Rigby, 35, of Colyton Road East.

Gavin Jackson, 25, was sentenced to three years, and David Beatty, 39, was sentenced to three years and four months -- both were staying on Southport Road.

Jamie Rheinheimer, 30, of Victoria Street, was sentenced to three years and two months.

Detective Chief Inspector Tim Jacques of Lancashire Constabulary, said: "We are very pleased that these people have been given substantial prison sentences. The operation to date has been a massive success. The fight against class A drugs and its criminality will continue.

"I would like to thank the general public for assisting us and providing information and we encourage them to continue to help us as part of our work with residents against drugs."