Eight sentenced after mass drugs operation on Tyneside

Operation Vegas targeted those involved in supplying drugs on Tyneside Credit: Northumbria Police

Eight men have been sentenced to almost 40 years in jail as part of a huge drugs operation on Tyneside.

The operation, named Operation Vegas, was launched in March 2012 by Northumbria Police's Serious and Organised Crime Unit, to target and disrupt those involved in the supply of drugs in the Tyneside area.

Robert Eric Blackburn, 64, of Hallow Drive, Throckley, was jailed for 11 years for conspiracy to supply cocaine and conspiracy to supply BZP.

David John French, 58, of Ulswater Crescent, Winlaton, was jailed for seven years for conspiracy to supply cocaine and conspiracy to supply BZP.

Alan Atkinson, 44, of Hallow Drive, Throckley, was jailed for six years for conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Alan Bullock, 49, of Tindles Caravan Park, Longframlington, was jailed for six years for conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Alan James Bell, 33, of Falstone Avenue / Centurion Road, Denton, was jailed for two years for entering into a money laundering arrangement.

James Bell, 29, of Linbridge Drive, West Denton, was jailed for two years for conspiring to transfer criminal property.

Robert William Cann, 35 of Kendrick Street, Stoke-on-Trent, was jailed for two years for conspiracy to supply amphetamine.

Brian William Carrier 37, of Harehills Tower, Kenton, was sentenced to three years and eight months for conspiracy to supply amphetamine.

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Operation Vegas lands men in jail

Eight men have been sentenced to almost 40 years in jail as part of a huge drugs operation on Tyneside.