Four men involved in a Preston 'County Lines' drug operation have today (January 24) been give jail sentences totalling more than 15 years.
The group travelled daily from Manchester to Preston delivering heroin and crack cocaine to local drug users.
Lancashire Police said County Lines operations are used by organised crime groups to distribute 'competitively-priced, controlled drugs to areas in the country where they are less readily available'.
Officers became aware of the group’s activities and launched Operation New Era.
They conducted a number of searches, executing warrants in the Preston area and seizing drugs.
Abrar Ahmed, 24, of Kingsway, Manchester, Yasir Ali, 22, of Meade Grove, Manchester, Shavon Morrison, 21, of Claremont Road, Manchester and Richard Mushonga 21, of Medway Close, Salford were all arrested and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
All four men were sentenced at Preston Crown Court today before Judge Robert Altham.
Ahmed was jailed for five years, Ali for four years eight months, and Morrison and Mushonga each sentenced to three years and four months in prison.
Speaking after the hearing, Det Insp Roger Ashcroft said: “As soon as we were aware of this County Lines operation targeting vulnerable drug users in Preston we were determined to bring the OCG to justice and we are grateful to those who provided us with information leading to their arrest.
“We hope this serves as a warning to anyone entering Lancashire with the intent to supply drugs in our community – we will find them and ensure they are punished accordingly.”