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Seventeen jailed after police seize £20 million worth of Cocaine on the M6 motorway

Seventeen people have been jailed after police in Cheshire brought down two organised crime groups - which led to the largest ever land based cocaine seizure.

A 14-month undercover probe led detectives to swoop on an organised crime network led by Jamie Oldroyd.

Sixteen members of his outfit, which moved cocaine across the north of England, have been jailed for a combined total of 117 years.

While studying that group Cheshire Police gathered intelligence on a separate gang that operated in connection with Oldroyd’s crew.

That information led to a dramatic stop on the M6 that saw police pull offenders from two vehicles moving in convoy as they transported cocaine worth £20m to the North West.

Police helicopter footage shows Jamie Simpson being arrested on the motorway Credit: Cheshire Police

Ringleader Jamie Simpson and three other members of that gang have been jailed for a combined 35 years.

The downfall of both firms, which were based in Warrington but whose tentacles stretched across the UK, can now be reported after the conclusion of a trial linked to the investigation today.

Top left: Jamie Simpson - Top right: Andrew Daniels - Bottom left: Dean Brettle - Bottom right - Clare Smith Credit: Cheshire Police
  • Jamie Simpson, 31 - 11 years and six months for conspiracy to supply cocaine
  • Andrew Daniels, 41 - 8 years and six months for conspiracy to supply cocaine
  • Dean Brettle, 37 - 6 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine
  • Clare Smith, 36 - 8 years and nine months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine

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  • Jamie Winterburn, 47 - 3 years and four months after pleading guilty to money laundering
Top left: Jamie Oldroyd - Top right: Paul Ferraiolo - Bottom left: Islam Grana - Bottom right: Moses Webber Credit: Cheshire Police
  • Jamie Oldroyd, 29 - 14 years and three months
  • Paul Ferraillo, 42 - 4 years and six months after pleading guilty
  • Islam Grana, 27 - 7 years
  • Moses Webber, 21 - 8 years
Top left: Lewis Johnson - Top right: Taulant Paja - Bottom left: Terille Riley - Bottom right: Adam Todhunter Credit: Cheshire Police
  • Lewis Johnson, 21 - 9 years
  • Taulant Paja, 22 - 6 years and six months
  • Terille Riley, 21 - 6 years and seven months
  • Adam Todhunter, 29 - 4 years
Top left: Jordan Redfearn - Top right: Joel Reading - Bottom left: Elliot Auton - Bottom right: Dean English Credit: Cheshire Police
  • Jordan Redfearn, 22 - 5 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and dangerous driving
  • Joel Reading, 21 - 5 years and seven months
  • Elliott Auton, 22 - 5 years
  • Dean English, 24 - 6 years and eight months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and possession with intent to supply cannabis

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  • Kyle Kelly, 20 pleaded guilty and will be sentenced at a later date
  • Ryan Quinell, 25 pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and will be sentenced at Lewis Crown Court on 21 June 2019
  • Jordan Read,27, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and possession with intent to supply a class A drug. He will be sentenced at a later date.
  • Callum Voos, 20 was found guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine and will be sentenced on Friday 14 June.
  • William Wright, 26 was found not guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine
Credit: Cheshire Police

This operation has not only resulted in the largest haul of cocaine being seized in the history of Cheshire but also the largest national land based seizure known to police.

We have wiped out two organised crime groups, preventing them as well as other gangs from gaining extreme profits and in doing so have protected our communities along with vulnerable adults from criminals who bring with them intimidation, exploitation and violence.

To transport such a colossal amount of cocaine you have got to be a confident, arrogant and greedy individual. Simpson has proved that he is exactly that and this is what led him to believe he could bring illegal drugs into Cheshire without being disrupted.

Despite Oldroyd’s organised crime group going to great lengths to conceal their criminality and avoid being caught we were always going to be one step ahead. Let this be a warning to other organised criminals out there, Cheshire is and always will be, a very difficult place to operate.

I want the public to be reassured that protecting our local communities by pursuing organised criminals will continue to be at the forefront of our priorities.

– Detective Chief Inspector Mike Evans, from Cheshire Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit
Police seized £20 million worth of cocaine on the M6 motorway Credit: Cheshire Police