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£1.7m drug haul found in Cumbria

The £1.7m drug haul found in Stalney's car boot Photo: Northumbria Police
Paul Stanley Credit: Northumbria Police

£1.7m worth of amphetamine were found in the boot of a car on the A69 near brampton by Cumbria Police.

Drug dealer Paul Stanley, 48, from Gateshead was stopped in November last year. His vehicle was searched and a holdall containing 12 kilos of amphetamine was found in the boot of his car.

He was arrested, charged and remanded in custody on the same day. He later pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply.

Today he was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court to three years and nine months in prison.

"This is a fantastic result, and a good example of police forces working together to target organised crime.

"Stanley is part of an organised crime group involved in supplying drugs across the North East region into Cumbria and Scotland and I would like to thank Cumbria police for their assistance in this operation.

"Organised crime is sometimes seen by some as an easy option, Stanley’s sentence reflects his part of a drugs supply network and shows that crime does not pay.

"The North East Region Specialist Operations Unit is a collaboration of police officers and staff from Durham, Cleveland and Northumbria police. Whose aim is to reduce harm caused by serious and organised crime, to the North East Region."

– North East Regional Specialist Operations Unit Detective Inspector Paul Colling
The drug haul found in Stanley's boot Credit: Northumbria Police