NINE people have been sentenced to nearly 68 years for their part in the supply and distribution of controlled drugs in Knowsley.
The seven month-long undercover investigation revealed the scale of the drug supply by this organised crime group.
Detective Sergeant Paul McVeigh, who led this investigation, said: “This was a highly organised criminal gang who provided a 24/7 service supplying class A drugs on the streets of Prescot and Huyton.
“To do this, they operated a shift system and during our investigation we believe that they dealt with in excess of 77,000 drug transactions. We estimate that this translates to a street value of between £1.7 million and £2.4 million worth of drugs they were dealing with.
“Their annual turnover will have been nearly double this, so today’s convictions has resulted in taking a considerable amount of drugs off our streets.”
The police investigation led to a number of drugs seizures against the defendants, which subsequently linked them to addresses where illegal drugs were found.
A significant seizure of cocaine was made at a house in Lugsmore Lane in St Helens in July 2014.
This was the home address of Daniel Mangan and Lynsay Hall, who have since moved to Haroldene Grove, Prescot, and Leyland Grove, Haydock, respectively, and approximately £100,000 worth of the drug was found in the kitchen.
All nine pleaded to conspiring to supply class A drugs and appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday September 11, receiving sentences totally 67 years seven months.
Dean Millington, 44, of Knowsley Park Lane, Prescot, and Daniel Mangan headed up this organised crime group.
Millington took on the role as the director of operations and received a 16 years 6 months imprisonment. He was on licence for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs at the time of this investigation.
Mangan, 38, who got 11 years four months, played a leading role as a ‘hands on’ supplier.
Lynsay Hall, 24, was the partner of Daniel Mangan and was residing at the address on Lugsmore Lane at the time of the warrant. She played a significant role in the conspiracy, acting as a driver and supplying drugs and was handed 5 years 4 months.
Their associates Paul Mangan, Kings Heath Avenue, Halewood, received four years three months; Sean Meadows, of Whitburn Road, Prescot, got eight years; Dean Inman, 23, of Coronation Drive, Prescot, got six years three months; Alan Golding, 31, of Haroldene Grove, Prescot, received six years eight months, Kerry Jennings, 37, of Haroldene Grove, Prescot, who is the long term on-off partner of co-accused Daniel Mangan was given four years three months. They all played a significant role in this conspiracy.
David Rankin, 25, of Parkwood Road, Whiston, was primarily used by this organised crime group as a driver, helping to facilitate his co-defendants to carry out their drug dealing activities and given four years eight months.
Millington and Mangan both received a Serious Crime Prevention Order (SCPO) for five years following release from custody.
Sergeant McVeigh continued: “We’ve seen some significant sentences handed out today, which I hope sends out a clear message to drug dealers that here in Merseyside we will do everything in our powers to track you down and see justice done.
“It is thanks to information from the community that we were able to send in undercover officers to gather enough evidence to put this crime group through the courts and be given sentences they’ve received today.
“They went to great lengths to avoid police detection and very determined not to be caught, to the extent that they hid drugs inside their bodies.
“I’d also like to thank Knowsley Council and the Crown Prosecution, who we worked closely with and helped us see justice done today.”
Anyone with information about drugs in their area can call Merseyside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.