Organised crime ring sentenced to 34 years

Members of an organised crime ring have been jailed for a total of 34 years.

Full report: Major crime ring shut down

Members of an organised crime gang that was masterminded from a prison cell are now behind bars.

The group of men from Cumbria were involved in drug dealing and money laundering across the north of England and southern Scotland.

They have been jailed for a total of 34 years.

Hannah McNulty has this report:

Major crime ring shut down

An organised crime ring which was masterminded from a prison cell has been shut down.

The gang from Cumbria were involved in drug dealing across the north of England and southern Scotland.

Hannah McNulty reports:

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Crime sentencing "should be a stark warning" to others

"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

Crime ring members sentenced to 34 years

Carlisle Crown Court Credit: ITV News Border

Members of an organised crime ring have been jailed for a total of 34 years.

The men were involved in the supply of Class A and B drugs and money laundering across southern Scotland and the north of England.

At Carlisle Crown Court, the final member of the gang, William Henry Young Jnr, 35, from Houghton, was jailed for eight years for two counts of money laundering.

His brother Noel Young, who ran the operation from his prison cell, was jailed for 12 years for conspiracy to supply cocaine and amphetamine.

Francis Morley was jailed for eight years for conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Geoffrey Cairns was jailed for six years for conspiracy to supply cocaine and amphetamine.

The three received sentences in 2011 but only after William Young's sentencing did the judge allow reporting restrictions to be lifted bringing to a close an investigation lasting over three years.