Lincolnshire Police have told would-be drug dealers that their actions will be not be tolerated in the county, after 13 members of a notorious gang were sentenced.
As reported earlier, car dealer and drug baron Jonathan Ferry was jailed for 16 years at Lincoln Crown Court on February 8.
The court heard that Ferry headed the Grantham-based gang which brought in hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of drugs from Manchester and Nottinghamshire during a nine month period.
In total, 12 men received jail sentences with a combined total of 113 years and 10 months.
The 13th defendant, Francesca Moynihan, 23, of Hawthorn Drive, Salford, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years with 120 hours of unpaid work in the community.
Following the case, Deputy Chief Constable Heather Roach said: “We won’t tolerate this kind of operation and we will go that extra mile to bring people to justice.
“If anybody does step into their shoes we’ll look to do the same again. Hopefully, this significant event will be a deterrent to people taking any kind of activity like this forward.”
Chief Inspector Mark Kirwan of Grantham Police added: “The community will be rid of these individuals for a significant amount of time and the scourge that they brought with them.
“Our Grantham community is already feeding back to us saying they all glad to get rid of these people and they feel reassured that the police have dealt with this issue head on.
“We cannot always explain what we are doing and how we do it but hopefully this end result will send a clear message that Lincolnshire will not tolerate organised illegal drug supply.”