Members of a gang who conspired to move millions of pounds of Class A drugs and were found to have an arsenal of deadly weapons have today been sent to prison for a total of 95 years.
Two kilos of cocaine
10 kilos of cocaine
import quality cocaine
Cocaine with dolphin emblem
Loaded Ruger revolver
Loaded Enfield revolver
Loaded Webley revolver
Ammunition and clips
Ingram machine gun
yet more weapons..
Liverpool brothers Stephen and Peter Clarke ran the operation using a mixture of intimidation, violence and criminal contacts across the region.
They and some of their co-accused maintained an arsenal of weapons, including almost a dozen firearms, at a lock-up garage in Ainsdale, Merseyside and were responsible for supplying a total of £4m of heroin and cocaine to drug dealers lower down the criminal hierachy in Merseyside, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Cheshire. The investigation also uncovered an international money launderer that had moved over £50 million in cash over a three year period.
Detective Superintendent Jason Hudson, head of operations at Titan, paid tribute to the work of law enforcement agencies and the Crown Prosecution Service in securing the lengthy prison sentences the gang members are starting today.
He said: "This has been a lengthy and complex investigation and prosecution so I am delighted that Peter and Stephen Clarke and their associates are today starting considerable periods of time behind bars. A significant number of defendants have pleaded guilty, avoiding the need for expensive trials, which is testiment to to the hard work of the investigation team and the Crown Prosecution Service Complex Case Unit.
"The Clarke brothers were sophisticated and experience criminals who would go to great lengths to protect their drug dealing empire from both the police and their rivals.
"Our investigation unearthed a terrifying array of weapons, including semi-automatic firearms, which were used to intimidate and strike fear into the hearts of their rivals and enemies.
"The drugs they supplied, with the help of others, will have caused untold misery in local communities around the North-west. Their drugs will have been traded in deals that will have fuelled other violent disputes and rivalries. The users who took them may have committed further crimes to pay for their addiction.
"It is a circle of misery that serious criminals like the Clarkes and their gang care nothing about. As long as they can live a comfortable life off the back of it, I do not believe they care for the wider damage they cause.
"The fact they are today starting lengthy prison sentences means the North-west is a safer place to live and sends a clear message to other criminals like them that Titan and its partners will stop at nothing to put them out of business and into prison where they belong."
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