Liverpool crime family jailed

Three members of a notorious Liverpool criminal family have been jailed for a total of 32 years over a failed plot to smuggle more than £6 million of heroin from Turkey.

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Sentencing due for failed heroin plot family

Members of a notorious criminal family will be sentenced later over a failed plot to smuggle more than £6 million of heroin into Britain.

Brothers Ian and Jason Fitzgibbon, and their mother, Christine, were caught after authorities seized 126lb (57kg) of the class A drug in Turkey and followed the trail back to Liverpool.

Police hid listening devices in the family's home, where they, "convicted themselves by their own words, in their own house."

When the detached house in Edale Road was raided, officers found £137,000 in cash stuffed under the floorboards.

Jason, 40, of Crofton Mansions, Crofton Estate, North Sudley Road, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import heroin and Ian, 39, of Heigham Gardens, St Helens, admitted conspiracy to supply heroin at earlier court hearings.

Christine, 60, of Edale Road pleaded guilty to money laundering.

The brothers - both fathers-of-three - will be sentenced at Manchester Crown Court today, along with their mother and several criminal associates.

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Family 'revelled in their notoriety'

Matt Burton, of the Serious Organised Crime Agency in the North West, said the Fitzgibbon family "revelled in their notoriety":

What we're talking about here is a family who have held a very tight rein on areas of Liverpool for quite a number of years. They thought they were untouchable.

Their motive? Financial greed, and greed in terms of their status and notoriety.

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Crime family jailed for heroin smuggling plot

Two brothers and their mother have been sentenced to a total of 32 years and six months for a failed attempt to smuggle heroin in to the UK.

Christine, Jason and Ian Fitzgibbon. Credit: Merseyside Police

Christine Fitzgibbon and her sons, Ian and Jason were caught after authorities seized 126lb (57kg) of the class A drug in Turkey and followed the trail back to the family.

When police raided their home in Liverpool they found £137,000 in cash stuffed under floor boards.