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Title: UK gang tried to import around 22 tonnes of class A and B drugs into the UK between February 2007 and April 2009, mainly from Spain
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Man was 'chief executive' of drug smuggling gang - News - gethampshire: "gang tried to import around 22 tonnes of class A and B...
Man was 'chief executive' of drug smuggling gang - News - gethampshire: "gang tried to import around 22 tonnes of class A and B drugs into the UK between February 2007 and April 2009, mainly from Spain, with rented offices in Manchester and Bolton used as a front.

Paul Hewett, 53, of Heath Lane, Ewshot, near Fleet, got 20 years for three counts of conspiring to supply drugs.

Ian Hockerday, 53, of New Road, Milford, near Godalming, was given 12 months in prison after he admitted money laundering.

They were sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday, December 22.

Hewett was described as 'the chief executive' of the operation.

He was jailed for 20 years for conspiring to supply class A drugs, and was also given eight-year and four-year concurrent sentences for two charges of conspiring to supply class B drugs.

The Serious Organised Crime Agency said the group smuggled £117m worth of drugs, using pseudonyms and unwitting couriers to move them.

Five other defendants were sentenced for their roles, receiving sentences from 23 to nine-and-a-half years in prison."

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