Drugs and cash hoard found in caravan

The haul
The haul

Three men have been jailed after detectives raided a caravan on Fleet Lane in St Helens, uncovering 35kgs of high purity cocaine and more than £200,000 in cash.

The trio behind the conspiracy were sentenced to a combined 40 years in prison.

Gareth Mawdsley, 34, of Bleasdale Close, Aughton, Gerrard Gandy, 34, of Orrell Road, Wigan and James Moran, 33, of Banksbarn, Skelmersdale, were sentenced to 16, 14 and 10 years respectively at Liverpool Crown Court last week for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and money laundering offences.

This follows the sentencing of John Green, 30, of Windrows, Skelmersdale who was jailed for six years in November 2014 for possession of cocaine with intent to supply.

They were arrested following Operation Taurus, an investigation by Lancashire Constabulary’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) which began in March 2014.

It was established that Gandy and Mawdsley were the leaders of the drugs gang, while Moran and Green were couriers of both drugs and cash.

DI Martin Kane of Lancashire Constabulary’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit said: “We will not tolerate the supply and selling of drugs in our county.

“And I hope that the sentences handed down today send out a clear message that we are determined to bring to justice those who are involved in the supply of drugs in our county and beyond and we will continue to tackle organised crime on this scale.

“Drug dealers can ruin lives, fuel other crime and can instil fear in our neighbourhoods.”