Jail for drug dealers

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FOUR men involved in plots to sell heroin and cocaine in Wigan with a street value of £740,000 are today beginning jail terms totalling 30 years.

The men were caught in a probe conducted by the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit, centred on a conspiracy to buy class A drugs in London and sell them on the streets of Wigan.

The four men were sentenced yesterday at Liverpool Crown Court.

Dean Jones, 31, of Eastgarth, Platt Bridge, Wigan, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin and was sentenced to eight years and eight months.

Keith Prescott 51, of Warrington Road, Abram, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine, and was sentenced to three years and four months.

Ryan Hackett, 35, of Cliftonville Road, Warrington, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin, and was sentenced to three years.

Benson Okali, 35, of Gardner Court, Kelvin Grove, London, was convicted of conspiracy to supply cocaine.

He was found guilty at a trial in February and sentenced yesterday to 15 years.

This brings the total jail term for the drugs gang to 78 years, after four other men were jailed in February.

Det Insp Michael Fraser, of the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit, said: “This case proves that we have listened to concerns of local residents and acted on them.”