Five men from northern Lincolnshire have been sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for their part in a major drugs operation that spanned numerous towns and cities across the country.
In total 21 people have received almost 150 years in prison for conspiring to supply class A drugs.
The police investigation began in December 2013 when Humberside Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit commenced an operation targeting an organised crime group involved in the trafficking of cocaine into the Grimsby area.
Enquiries soon identified the group had links to other parts of the UK including Greater Manchester, London and the West Midlands.
In the following nine months, working closely with officers from other forces, seizures of cocaine, heroin and cannabis worth over £1 million and over £175,000 in cash were made in Humberside, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands.
The 21 people were all charged and have now been convicted of Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs at Birmingham Crown Court.
Locally the following people either pleaded or have been found guilty:
Ben Chapman (28) of Talbot Road, Immingham pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Craig Johnson (32) of Frederick Street, Grimsby pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
Gary Chapman (52) of Humberstone Road, Grimsby was found guilty and was sentenced to five years and eight months.
David Wells (28) of St Denys Close, South Killingholme pleaded guilty and was sentenced to seven years and eight months.
David Williams (28) of Greengate Lane, South Killingholme pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years.
On sentencing, Detective Sergeant Mick Harding from Humberside Police, said: "These sentences are the end result of 18 months of persistent and dedicated work by a team of specialist detectives from two police forces – Humberside and West Mercia.
"The sentences given send a clear message, that the organised distribution of Class A drugs will not be tolerated in our communities and those responsible will be pursued and brought to justice.
"Class A drugs ruin lives and not just the lives of people who take them.
"The long sentences handed out today serve as a reminder to those who would choose to engage in the drugs business or might be tempted by the prospect of easy money.
"The individuals who have been sentenced for this always thought they were above the law and it is pleasing to see justice now being done.
"Our communities are safer today and show that the Humberside Police is as determined as ever to target offenders and protect the public."