A WIGAN borough drug dealer and his father have been jailed for a total of seven years.
Steven Metcalfe was found guilty following a Manchester Crown Court trial of supplying £500,000 worth of cannabis. He had already pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to money laundering.
His accomplice father, Colin Metcalfe, had earlier admitted possession with intent to supply cannabis.
Steven Metcalfe, 36, of Wayfarers Drive, Tyldesley, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison. Colin Metcalfe, 60, of Coniston House, Walkden, was jailed for two and a half years.
On June 27 2011 police surveillance teams tracked Steven Metcalfe’s Ford Transit van from Walkden to Essex then back to Salford. It was then seen being driven to Walkden British Legion club where the occupant got out and transferred into another car. He was also seen speaking to two different motorists, one of which was seen handing him something.
Officers executed a warrant at a flat at Coniston House where they discovered 40kg of cannabis bush.
The drugs recovered after a number of searches reached an estimated street value of £500,000.
Steven Metcalfe will now face a Proceeds of Crime hearing in order to recover his ill-gotten gains.
Det Con Richard Hudd said: “Steven Metcalfe had built up what he thought was an unreachable drug dealing business and made himself a lot of money. However, all drug dealers must know that, sooner or later, their criminal life will come crashing down around them. We have a range of tactics that we deploy in the war on drug dealers, which we are not willing to discuss in public. We can say however that this case demonstrates perfectly how drug dealing will almost inevitably lead to criminals spending years in jail.”