"This has been a complex investigation which has now spanned over 3 and a half years.
“This demonstrates the determination of Cumbria Constabulary to ensure that the people who pose the greatest risk to our communities will be targeted, and we will leave no stone unturned as we work to take them off our streets and bring them before the courts.
"This should be a stark warning toothers that if you are involved in serious criminality, we will pursue you and put you in front of the Courts to ensure that our communities remain a safe place to live.”
– Detective Inspector Rob O’Connor, Senior Investigating Officer, Cumbria Police
“The evidence in this case clearly showed that these criminals were involved in organising drug deals and planning the supply of drugs across the North of England and into Scotland.
"The lynchpin of the conspiracies, Noel Young, was even orchestrating drug deals from inside prison.
“Thanks to the painstaking work of Cumbria Police and the CPS in piecing together the complex evidence to build a strong case against these men we have been able to secure their convictions and disrupt the drug dealing that they were involved in."
– Gerard Rogerson, Crown Advocate, Crown Prosecution Service North West