Pair jailed for bringing drugs worth almost £7m into Staffordshire

The drugs were valued at almost seven million pounds Credit: Staffordshire Police

Two men have been jailed for more than ten years for bringing Class A drugs worth almost £7m into Staffordshire.

Dave Van de Ven and Barry Briggs were sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court earlier today.

30-year-old Van de Ven from Rotterdam, was jailed for six years and eight months. He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two counts of being concerned in the importation of heroin and cocaine.

Briggs, aged 43, from Seaforth Grove in Leeds, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the importation of heroin ahead of a trial starting. He was sentenced to five years.

The men were arrested on in February when officers stopped two vehicles on the A52 in Cheadle.

A search of the two vehicles, a HGV being driven by Van de Ven and a Renault van being driven by Briggs, led to the discovery of Class A drugs valued at almost £7m.

The drugs were valued at almost seven million pounds Credit: Staffordshire Police

A search of the van led to the recovery of the two boxes. Each box contained 15 individual packages of heroin, weighing around 1kg each. The drugs have since been valued at £5,750,000. (5 and ¾ million).

Van de Ven’s trailer was also searched. A box was recovered which contained 10 parcels of cocaine, each weighing 1kg each. These drugs are valued at £1.2million.

This was a significant seizure of class A drugs – the biggest Staffordshire Police has ever seized in one operation.

DI Lesley Fowler