A SHIRLEY man has been sentenced to two years in jail for his part in a gang’s efforts to smuggle illegal drugs into the West Midlands.
David Loone, 45, was charged with money laundering and was also ordered to pay back £24,000 at Birmingham Crown Court last week.
Loone was part of a four-man gang sentenced, all of whom were required to pay back money they had made from drug smuggling.
Keith Jeremy, 43, of Sutton Coldfield, who had “’orchestrated the conspiracy” was jailed for 18 years and ordered to pay back £1million. Martin Askew, 39, of no fixed abode was given a fiver year jail term and also ordered to pay back £1million.
The final member of the gang was John Pollard, 35, from Nottinghamshire was handed a five years behind bars for drug trafficking and ordered to pay back £34,000.
The group had been involved in smuggling amphetamines, cannabis and cocaine, drugs that, according to Det Ch Insp Mark Griffiths would have harmed the communities they were heading for.
“This operation stopped a substantial amount of deadly drugs getting to the streets where they would have harmed people and blighted communities,” he said.
“We have now stripped an entire crime gang of both drugs and the benefit of their criminal lifestyle.”
West Midlands Police estimated that the street value of drugs they seized in the investigation totalled £30million.