Ten men involved in distributing an estimated £1.36 million of high purity cocaine across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire have been jailed.
The men were part of two organised crime groups (OCG) which trafficked an estimated 17kg of the Class A drug between Lincolnshire and the West Midlands in 2019.
During warrants executed at properties across Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands, specialist search teams seized 2.086kg of uncut cocaine, which had a street value of up to £209,000.
Officers also uncovered evidence of lavish lifestyles, with receipts for £266,225 of goods, including luxury clothing still in boxes purchased from stores in London, Paris and Copenhagen, encrypted mobile phones, and £29,540 in cash.
The investigation, lead by the East Midlands Serious Organised Crime Unit (EMSOU) and supported by Lincolnshire Police, revealed how the OCG from Lincolnshire sourced the drugs from a Coventry-based OCG, with couriers making frequent trips to the Coventry area for exchanges to take place. Drug buys also took place in a rural area near to Stanton on the Wolds in Nottinghamshire.
There will now be Proceeds of Crimes Act (POCA) proceedings against the offenders to recover assets amassed through their criminal activity.
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