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Moment Police Made UK's Biggest Ever Drug Seizure On M6

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Moment Police Made UK's Biggest Ever Drug Seizure On M6

Dramatic footage shows the moment police made the UK's biggest-ever drugs seizure, intercepting a whopping £20 million of cocaine.

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Helicopter footage showed the four unmarked police vehicles surrounding another car on the M6 near Knutsford in Cheshire.

In the clip, cops can be seen dragging out the suspects before arresting them in the middle of the road.

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The interception came as part of an investigation into an organised crime group, which supplied vast amounts of drugs across the UK.

Yesterday, five men involved in the operation were sentenced to more than 60 years in jail.

Brothers Alan, 51, and John Tobin, 40, were supplying huge amounts of cocaine to Anthony Cullen, 33, and 30-year-old Jamie Oldroyd's organised crime gangs.

They were sentenced alongside associates Robbie Broughton, Brian McQuillan and Simon Leech.

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Appearing at Liverpool Crown Court, Alan was given a 20-year sentence, while John was handed 19 year and eight months.

Broughton was jailed for eight years and six months, McQuillan six years and four months and Leech eight years.

Speaking after the five men pleaded guilty to all the offences, Detective Chief Inspector Mike Evans, from the Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: "Taking down the mainstream supplier of drugs to three big organised crime groups operating in Warrington was the final piece of the jigsaw.

Credit: Cheshire Constabulary
Credit: Cheshire Constabulary
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"For a while their criminal enterprise was seen to be getting bigger and bigger until we began running a number of operations on the gangs they were supplying drugs to.

"Once we started seizing large quantities of drugs and cash, problems arose, and the Tobin's soon began to surface, as huge debts were owed.

"The colossal seizure of 186kg of cocaine saw their reputation ruined.

"The investigation team has worked relentlessly to collate evidence that shows the brothers' involvement in these conspiracies over a period of up to nine years.

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"Their hard work and determination has paid dividends and resulted in five guilty pleas and justice finally catching up with them all."

Featured Image Credit: Cheshire Constabulary

Topics: UK News, crime

Claire Reid
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