Gang flooded sea­side re­sort with co­caine

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ADRUGS gang headed by two broth­ers flooded a sea­side re­sort with mil­lions of pounds worth of co­caine and cannabis.

An­thony Gill, 33, from Mid­dle­ton, and Bradley Gill, 28, from Black­pool, were the lead­ers of an or­gan­ised crime group which sup­plied the Fylde coast.

Their sis­ter, Jes­sica Lang, 21, from Grange Park in Black­pool, was also in­volved in the con­spir­acy.

They were snared by Op­er­a­tion Jen­net, launched by Lan­cashire Con­stab­u­lary’s Se­ri­ous Crime Team.

Fif­teen mem­bers of the gang were jailed for a to­tal of 102 years at Pre­ston Crown Court for sup­ply­ing drugs and money laun­der­ing.

An­thony Gill, of Worces­ter Road, op­er­ated as the head of the gang and was in­volved in sourc­ing drugs, pre­dom­i­nantly co­caine, from his crim­i­nal con­tacts.

He or­gan­ised the han­dover of cash and de­liv­er­ies of co­caine to­gether with Bradley Gill and made use of en­crypted phones to com­mu­ni­cate with other con­spir­a­tors.

Bradley Gill con­trolled the Black­pool-based cash and drug couri­ers and dealt with the distrib­u­tors who took co­caine from the Gills’ stock.

He was also in con­tact with ‘up­stream’ drug sup­pli­ers from out­side Black­pool.

The Gill broth­ers both pleaded guilty to con­spir­acy to sup­ply co­caine and were each jailed for 14 years.

Lang was con­victed by a jury of con­spir­acy to sup­ply co­caine and cannabis and jailed for five years.

Dur­ing the course of the op­er­a­tion, ap­prox­i­mately six ki­los of co­caine, a quarter of a kilo of am­phet­a­mine and £122,000 in cash was seized.

But po­lice say the seizures only rep­re­sent a snap­shot of the true scale of the drug-deal­ing dur­ing the con­spir­acy pe­riod from May 2016 to July 2017 – and while the seized drugs were worth around £700,000, the gang is be­lieved to be re­spon­si­ble for bring­ing drugs into Black­pool to­talling mil­lions of pounds.

The Gill broth­ers ran it and their sis­ter, Lang, is the girl­friend of one of their trusted as­so­ciates Scott Le Drew. Le Drew, 31, of Ays­garth Court, Black­pool, was jailed for 11 years and four months for con­spir­acy to sup­ply co­caine, cannabis, and am­phet­a­mine, and possession of a pro­hib­ited weapon, CS gas.

To­gether with other distrib­u­tors of con­trolled drugs, they co­or­di­nated the sup­ply of sig­nif­i­cant amounts of Class A and B drugs in the north west.

An­thony Gill, top, Bradley Gill and Jes­sica Lang

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