A Deeside man who aspired to live a life of luxury has been jailed for seven years for organising what a judge described as a conspiracy to “import drugs from South East Asia to poison the streets of North Wales."
Thirty two year old Richard Giuseppe Calvert involved his mother, brother and sister and they were also jailed at Mold Crown Court.
North Wales police foiled a plan to import heroin from Thailand via Amsterdam to the UK after carrying out covert observations and placed secret listening devices in the Calvert family home in Connah’s Quay.
His brother Simon Calvert (37) received five years.
Both admitted conspiracy to import heroin between December 2010 and June last year, and a second conspiracy to launder money.
Their sister Maria Calvert , a mother of four, received three years for money laundering and being involved in the supply of heroin.
Their mother Margaret Calvert was jailed for 21 months for money laundering – but that sentence will mean her immediate release because of the time she has served on remand.
A Cardiff man Darren Hanashi, who arranged the couriers for Giuseppe Calvert and who drove them from South Wales to Liverpool airport, was jailed for five years and seven months after he admitted the drugs importation conspiracy.
All pleaded guilty at Mold Crown Court.
As the sentences were read out there were emotional scenes in the public gallery.
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