A North Wales taxi driver and two Liverpool cocaine and heroin dealers who spent lavishly on Prada handbags, Rolex watches and designer clothes have been jailed.
Mark Burke and Callum Brayton from Huyton ran a drug network spanning much of the north west of England and North Wales.
The two - along with Prestatyn taxi driver, Paul Williams - were jailed for a combined total of 23 years for a cocaine and heroin conspiracy that stretched as far as Wales and Lincolnshire.
Burke and Brayton were busted by detectives in a 2016 police operation targeting their criminal organisation.
Drugs valued at almost £200,000, as well as £20,000 in cash, were seized - as well as cars, designer clothes, Rolex watches, a Prada bag and bikes bought with their drug money.
The pair - who lived in the same block of flats but were rarely seen in public together - oversaw a cocaine and heroin plot that stretched from coast to coast.
Burke, 39, controlled the flow of the drugs while Brayton was described by police as his “trusted lieutenant”.
On April 28 of last year Williams briefly met 27-year-old Brayton in the Huyton area.
Williams was later stopped in St Asaph and found with 41.8g of cocaine with a purity of 87%, worth an estimated £4,180.
The 42-year-old told police he bought drugs from Liverpool and Manchester to sell in North Wales after having them “bashed”.
He claimed his profits were used to pay off gambling debts.
Later that day he met his contact and handed him a Tesco bag for life which police later found contained almost £50,000 of cocaine.
The police investigation, led by the Titan north west serious crime squad, concluded when Burke and Brayton’s flats were raided.
Cash, mobile phones and sim cards were found in Burke’s flat - along with a VW Golf key stashed in a toilet basin.
The car was found parked nearby and contained further mobile phones and two Rolex watches.
Cash, phones, scales, blenders, gloves, masks and a cash counting machine were found at Brayton’s home.
Burke, Brayton and Williams were charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court last year.
But they were only sentenced last week, with Burke jailed for 10 years, Brayton jailed for eight years and seven months and Williams, of Fern Avenue, Prestatyn for five.
Following the sentencing, Detective Inspector Nick Hughes said: “The sentencing of these three men clearly shows how seriously the courts take the supply of Class A on the streets of Merseyside and further afield.
“They, as with others involved in serious and organised crime, never gave a second thought to the effects of their involvement in the supply of Class A drugs, and were consumed by their own greed and the desire to make money off the misery of others.
“I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to anyone who has any information about serious organised crime to come forward and tell us. If you let us know, I can assure you we will take positive action and help you to improve your community.”
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