(GRT MANCHESTER) Court Report: Four Manchester men involved in an £800,000 cannabis trafficking operati on that transported the drugs from Alicante in tins of ‘ breadcrumbs ‘ have been sentenced t o a combined 13 years and nine months in prison following a National Crime Agency investigation #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.25: Daniel Gore, 41, Javid Ahmed, 49, John Arnold, 56, and Scott Hoolighan, 36, were arrested in February 2018 when 110kg of cannabis was intercepted in a flatbed van by NCA officers as it was transported from Northolt, London to Manchester: The group attempted to evade detection by swapping between flatbed vans midway through their journey, and stopping and starting at various points: They communicated throughout using encrypted mobile telephone devices:

NCA Report: Cannabis smuggling ‘ Crime Group jailed for 14 years as agents search for two other members who fled the U.K.

1./ Ringleader Gore pleaded guilty to conspiring to import and supply class B drugs in November 2019.

2./ Hoolighan, Arnold and Ahmed were found guilty of conspiring to supply class B drugs following two separate trials at Manchester Crown Court.

3./ Yesterday (20 August 2020) Gore was sentenced to five years in prison and Hoolighan to three years and nine months.

4./ Arnold and Ahmed were both jailed for two years.

‘ The drugs had been concealed within industrial sized tins labelled ‘Panko Breadcrumbs’, and had been transported from Alicante, Spain by a legitimate haulier before being collected in London by the group: The plot was aided by an Albanian crime group based in Alicante ‘

‘ Two other men, who investigators believe were involved in the importation, fled the UK immediately following the seizure and remain wanted ‘

Nigel Coles, Operations Manager, NCA, said: “We have prevented the successful importation of a sizeable amount of cannabis, preventing those involved from selling in the UK, and ensuring they were brought to account: “The profits made from illegal drugs are often re-invested into other forms of serious and organised crime, fuelling violence and exploitation.”…………………..“The NCA continues to target organised crime groups seeking to profit from international drug supply.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Aug.25: 2020:

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