1. ITV Report

Nine West Country men jailed for more than 70 years for drugs supply

This machine produced £500,000 of ecstasy pills in a Bristol home Photo: SWROCU

Members of an organised crime group have been sentenced to a total of more than seventy years in prison after being caught supplying class A drugs.

Three of the gang, which was based around Bristol, were also found guilty of blackmailing businessmen as part of an illegal debt-collecting operation.

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Police were contacted by one of their blackmail victims and put the group under surveillance.

Officers watched - and filmed - as they arranged the flow of cocaine and MDMA from London.

In a raid at one of the gangster's homes, police found a machine used for pressing the MDMA powder into ecstasy tablets.

Nine men were sentenced for their part of the drugs operation Credit: SWROCU

Securing these convictions against a group of organised criminals who were very alive to the prospect that they were under investigation was a challenge, but ultimately the evidence we gathered against both the ‘hands on’ members and those who opted to keep their distance, was compelling.

– DI Paul Catton, South West Regional Organised Crime Unit