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Nine sentenced to sixty years for Cumbrian drugs ring

Nine men have been sentenced to a total of 60 years and six months in prison, in connection with a conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

'Operation Chamonix' began in April 2012, with detectives from Cumbria Police investigating Cumbrian criminals, believed to be at the centre of the drug supply network.

All defendants admitted the charges and were sentenced to:

  • Aaron Giacopazzi, 47, of Raffles Avenue, Carlisle was handed 16 years
  • Shabaz Choudrey, 34, of Rushton Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire was handed 10 years
  • Ayub Khansia, 54, of Tintern Crescent, Blackburn, Lancashire was handed 10 years
  • Christopher Drew Brookes, 53, of Albany Road, Blackburn, Lancashire was handed 9 years
  • Curtis Blue Waite, 24, of Imperial Road, Billingham, Cleveland was handed 6 years
  • John Carney, 56, of Raffles Avenue, Carlisle was handed 4 years
  • Benjamin Morris, 36, of 21 Peel Mount Blackburn, Lancashire was handed 2 years
  • Thomas Robert Martin, 36, of Tarbert Crescent, Blackburn, Lancashire was handed 2 years
  • Paul Bartholomew Carney, 52, of John Street, Carlisle was handed 18 months

"These criminals were responsible for the large scale supply of drugs throughout Cumbria and the North of England.

"The CPS and police have dismantled this supply chain and removed a prominent source of drugs from the region.

“The amount of hard work that went into building the strong case against them can be demonstrated by the fact that the defendants had little option but to plead guilty.

“Let today’s sentencing be a message to other criminals out there. We are determined to keep our streets safe by putting those who are involved in the supply of drugs behind bars.”

– Joanne Cunliffe, Crown Advocate, CPS North West Complex Case Unit