A gang of two ladies and 4 males who hid £1.59bn of cocaine in bins of frozen rooster have been jailed after working one in all Britain’s largest drug rings.
Stephen Rayner, 31, Cherie-Anne Rayner, 30, Liam Harrington, 39, Megan Budden, 23, Steven Gibson, 41, and Darren Hunter, 30, had been jailed at this time for a complete of 58 years.
They had been a part of a legal community which imported 15 tonnes of high-purity cocaine from the Mexican cartel ‘Nueva Generacion’ and distributed it across the UK.
They labored for a kingpin known as ‘Fendi’ – hiding the medicine in bins of frozen rooster – in what’s considered the most important medicine operation in England and Wales
All of the defendants pleaded responsible at hearings earlier this yr and had been sentenced at this time at Sheffield Crown Courtroom.
A gang of two ladies and 4 males who hid £1.59bn of cocaine in bins of frozen rooster have been jailed after working one in all Britain’s largest drug rings. Pictured: Det Chief Supt Galvin with a few of the seized medicine
Stephen Rayner (left), 31, was jailed for 20 years and Cherie-Anne Rayner (proper), 30, was jailed 15 years
Liam Harrington (left), 39, was sentenced to a few years’ imprisonment and Megan Budden (proper), 23, was handed two years in jail
Steven Gibson (left), 41, was jailed for 12 years; whereas Darren Hunter (proper), 30, was sentenced to 6 years’ imprisonment
Michael Quinn, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Yorkshire & Humberside, mentioned the money-minded criminals had been capable of promote an ‘extortionate’ quantity of medicine.
He mentioned: ‘Motivated purely by greed, these offenders had been concerned in a classy legal operation to import and distribute an extortionate quantity of Class A medicine into the UK – the most important case the CPS has ever prosecuted.
‘Working side-by-side with the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit, we had been capable of meticulously unravel the total extent of their legal exercise and construct a robust case to deliver these offenders to justice.
‘We hope at this time’s sentencing sends a robust message to criminals; there’s nowhere to cover from investigation and prosecution.
‘Working carefully with the police, we’re decided to dismantle main organised crime teams like this one from high to backside, at any time when our authorized take a look at is met.
‘We shall be pursuing confiscation proceedings to get well the cash they produced from their legal exercise.’
The drug packing space on a dressing desk with kilo blocks of cocaine stacked up
The medicine discovered stashed in pallets of frozen rooster
Contained in the pallets of frozen rooster, detectives discovered luggage of cocaine price £1.59billion
The gang’s operation initially unravelled when police raided the house of Cherie-Anne Rayner and Liam Harrington in Beeston, Leeds, on September 10, 2022.
There they found blocks of cocaine with an estimated avenue worth of £14m and crystal meth with an estimated avenue worth of £4.95m in a locked room.
In addition they discovered different paraphernalia used to repackage the medicine, money, financial institution playing cards and passports.
Stephen Rayner was described as a ‘lieutenant-type’ within the group, which used the quilt of a meals supply firm to smuggle and distribute cocaine from a unit in Redditch.
Megan Budden was then arrested on November 10, 2022, when police raided her house, which had been barricaded shut.
They later seized holdalls of Class A medicine price an estimated £5.8million on the property.
From September to December 2022, police arrested different members of the drug ring, placing a cease to their large enterprise.
Police surveillance, CCTV footage and cell phone knowledge confirmed the extent of the operation, which spanned the size of England and into Scotland.
Steven Gibson and Darren Hunter had been noticed working as couriers between the ‘Scottish guys’ and the ‘Brum lot’.
It’s estimated the whole avenue worth of the medicine Gibson transported was price between £121 million and £200 million.
Stephen Rayner was sentenced to twenty years imprisonment for conspiracy to provide Class A medicine.
Cherie-Anne Rayner was sentenced to fifteen years imprisonment and Steven Gibson was jailed for 12 years for a similar offence.
Darren Hunter was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment for possession with intent to provide a managed drug of Class A.
Whereas Liam Harrington was sentenced to a few years imprisonment for taking part within the actions of an organised crime group and changing legal property.
And Megan Budden was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for taking part within the legal actions of an organised crime group.
An extra defendant, Mazafer Hussain, 43, of Foxton Street, Birmingham, denies conspiracy to provide cocaine and can stand trial in April.