Seven people have been sentenced for their part in the largest drugs investigation in the UK with around £4million of drugs sold online.
An investigation was launched after irregular deliveries of drugs sold as 'legal highs' to the Channel Islands were flagged up to Titan, the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit.
The seven were arrested after a surveillance operation by Titan on their headquarters at the Drake Mill in Farnsworth.
They found freezers for storing drugs, packing and postal delivery areas and machinery to process drugs.
The gang's operation was the largest in the UK with more than £4 million of drugs sold.
During the investigation Titan found a man had died from the effects of the 'legal highs'.
Grant Wooldridge died in July 2012 after taking drugs which he had purchased days before his death from the Wide Mouth Frogs website.
- Paula White (born 04/10/68) of Stafford Road in Eccles pleaded guilty prior to the trial in November 2014 and sentenced to nine years in prison.
- Netta Hymanson (born 16/02/51) of Circular Road in Prestwich was convicted at a trial in November 2014 and sentenced to four years in prison.
- Sheena Jessop (born 01/02/68) of Barwood Lea Mill, Grants Lane in Ramsbottom was convicted at a trial in November 2014 and received a two year suspended sentence.
- Rudie Chiu (born 17/12/88) of Masson Place, Hornbeam way in Manchester was convicted at a trial in November 2014 and received a two year suspended sentence.
- Aniello Della Croce (born 08/10/84) of Bowker Vale Gardens Manchester was convicted at a trial in November 2014 received an 18 month suspended sentence.
- Michaela Doyle (born 16/10/70) of Tenbury Close, Pendleton was convicted at a trial in May 2015 and 12 month suspended sentence.
- Christian White (born 30/04/76) of Nelson Street, Higher Broughton was convicted at a trial in May 2015 and sentenced to four years in prison.
Detective Superintendent Jason Hudson, head of operations for Titan, The North West Regional Organised Crime Unit, said:
"Our message is clear: taking these commodities is like playing Russian Roulette with your life, there is no way of knowing what they contain or whether they are safe."
"We know that drugs purchased from the Wide Mouth Frogs website have contributed to the death of one man and hospitalised a number of others."
"This case once again highlights just what a lottery it is for your health if you choose to take drugs such as these."
A 50-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman from Huyton were arrested following a police drugs raid on the Lomax nightclub in Liverpool.
They were arrested for conspiracy to supply Class A controlled drugs and have been bailed, pending further inquiries.
After closing the premises officers carried out an extensive search of the four-storey premises and found 10 bags of cannabis and some cocaine.
Merseyside Police made a formal request for the permanent closure of the club at Liverpool Magistrates Court on Saturday, the case as been adjourned until Wednesday.
The closure of the Lomax on Cumberland Street follows an extensive operation over the last few months which looked at incidents of violence, and contributory factors, such as drug supply, in the night time economy.
The Garlands nightclub was closed in a similar raid earlier in the week.
This is not a victimless crime. Drug dealers are exploiting young, vulnerable people and selling them illegal drugs.
With a number of universities based in the city, many young people who are away from home for the first time find themselves enjoying the night life the city has to offer.
Seven people have been charged in relation to a £300 million conspiracy to supply drugs across north west England. Police carried out a number of early-morning raids in Greater Manchester on Wednesday following a year-long investigation into drug dealing.
The charges, against five men and two women, follow a major drugs seizure in February when a van stopped in Cheshire was found to contain £7.75 million of cannabis and ketamine.
- Paul Doyle, 55, who is formerly from Altrincham, is charged with two counts of conspiracy to import class A drugs, two counts of conspiracy to import class B drugs and conspiracy to import class C drugs, Greater Manchester Police said.
- Michael Manning, 52, and Amanda Manning, 24, both from Salford, Gareth Forbes, 37, and Emma Williams, 29, both from Worsley, are all charged with conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs.
- Nadim Ahmad, 41, from Trafford, is charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs, and Delroy Bailey, 45, from Bolton, is charged with conspiracy to supply class B drugs.
All seven are due to appear at Manchester City Magistrates' Court and have been remanded in custody.
A sniffer dog at Manchester Airport helped Border Force officers find at least 50 kilos of heroin, worth about £5m, hidden inside a shipment of carpets.
The seizure was made In April when officers became suspicious of a 46-piece consignment of hand-made knotted carpets that had arrived from Peshawar in Pakistan via Abu Dhabi.
A detector dog alerted its handler to one of the carpets and further examination revealed a "highly sophisticated" concealment where the drug was woven into the fabric of the carpet, a Border Force spokesman said.
It is thought that the total value of the drugs could run into millions of pounds.
Two people were arrested on suspicion of drug importation offences at a business address in London on April 29.
The pair were interviewed by NCA investigators and released on bail pending further enquiries.
A seventh person has been taken to hospital after it's believed they took a potentially deadly party drug.
The legal high called Geebs is sold as alloy wheel cleaner and is illegal to sell for human consumption. A 24 year old man was treated at Liverpool Royal Hospital over the weekend.
Merseyside Police say they were called to can student accommodation in Liverpool city centre on Sunday, following a report of concern for the safety of a man.Emergency services attended a property in Hatton Garden at around 10.15am following a report a man had been found collapsed.
The 24-years-old who is not a student was treated at the the Royal Liverpool Hospital.
It has since transpired that the man is thought to have taken GEEBS, although there is nothing to link this incident to the other recent incidents of people believed to have taken the substance.
Merseyside Police say three more people have been taken to hospital after apparently taking a substance known as GEEBS.
Emergency services were called to student accommodation at Hatton Garden in Liverpool on Monday. Two men, both aged 20, from the Liverpool and Crewe areas, were taken to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and later discharged.
A third man, aged 19 years, from North Wales was also taken to the hospital. He has also now been discharged.
A 20-year-old man from the Liverpool area has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug.
Thankfully these men have not suffered serious effects, however I would like to re-iterate my warning to students and young people that if taken, GEEBS, which is actually a chemical used to clean alloy wheels, can have serious side effects and can kill, even in small doses.''
Merseyside Police has arrested a 19-year-old man from Worsley in Greater Manchester on suspicion of supplying a Class C drug.
It follows an incident in which three people collapsed at Borden Court in Liverpool yesterday.
He has been taken to a police station on Merseyside where he will be interviewed by detectives two people are still recovering in hospital.
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