Two brothers from Wirral have today, Friday 13th December, been sentenced to a total of 28 years in prison for heading up a UK-wide drugs conspiracy.

Joseph Mulhare, 44, spearheaded the conspiracy, which involved the manufacture and supply of Class A and Class B drugs including Amphetamine and MDMA tablets on a substantial and extensive commercial scale, assisted by his brother Gregory Mulhare, 40.

Officers from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU) undertook an 18-month investigation, beginning in June 2016, into the conspiracy which culminated in series of warrants being executed across Wirral – including Rock Ferry, Oxton, Prenton, Birkenhead, and Bebington - as well as Bristol and Milton Keynes in September 2017.

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During the conspiracy officers seized cocaine to the value of £66,480, amphetamine to the value of £336,080; MDMA and ecstasy to the value of £208,040 and a total of £80,135 in cash in England; 21 kilograms of cannabis bush to the value of between £210,210-£420,420; and a stun gun.

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Joseph and Gregory Mulhare were detained by police in Thailand in November 2018 and returned to England earlier this year.

Joseph Mulhare, formerly of Ringwood, Oxton, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs and was today jailed for 15 years and four months.

Gregory Mulhare, formerly of Kipling Avenue, Rock Ferry, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs and was jailed for 12 years and eight months.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Hussey said:

This has been a long and challenging investigation which has finally culminated in the two main ringleaders in a UK-wide drugs conspiracy finally being brought to justice.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Hussey