CRIMINALS operating a £100million drug dealing ring from a flat on Knowl Street, Stalybridge, have been jailed.
The extent of the Stalybridge involvement emerged during a trial at Manchester Crown Court that lasted more than seven weeks.
The court was told a raid on the flat found drugs and cash worth about £31million.
Theodore Henry, who lived on Knowl Street at the time, was one of nine gang members jailed for a total of more than 109 years.
Henry, 31, received the second longest sentence – 21 years – after being found guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine, heroin, amphetamine and cannabis, possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life and conspiracy to launder the proceeds of crime.
The trial followed a long-running and complex investigation into large scale supply of drugs.
It involved officers from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit who were assisted by Greater Manchester Police and Cleveland Organised Crime Unit.
They caught Henry and his associates supplying millions of pounds of drugs to contacts in the North East.
Evidence showed the drugs operation was run from a flat on Knowl Street where drugs were stored and distributed.
Those involved in the operation were seen coming and going from the flat, often with bags containing large quantities of drugs that would be driven to the North East in hire cars to buyers for further distribution.
Detectives followed the group and gathered evidence establishing the scale of the drugs operation.
The court heard how Marcus Callaghan ran his drugs ring like a business, wooing clients with expensive trips where he touted for their business.
CCTV footage of Callaghan, Theodore Henry and Thomas Jaffray was shown to the court as the trio were seen celebrating New Year’s Eve with table service at an exclusive Edinburgh hotel and bar where they spent thousands of pounds on drinks and rooms while meeting with clients who they hoped to do business with.
Over the following weeks, Titan officers build up a wealth of evidence before finally being in a position to take action at the beginning of February.
Kaneil Henry was stopped on February 2 on route to Middlesbrough and a search of his car found heroin and cocaine with a street value of more than £4.3million.
The arrest of Kaneil Henry alerted Callaghan and his associates to the fact police were aware of their illegal enterprise and they made arrangements to cover their tracks.
Callaghan was arrested in York on February 4, the same day police raided two flats on Knowl Street and Theo Henry was arrested.
In the Stalybridge flat, police discovered 10kg of amphetamine powder, five 10kg blocks containing heroin and cocaine and 40kg of cannabis.
They also found £118,000 in cash in a Nike bag and more than £14,000 in a black bin bag along with a money counting machine.
A further search of the flats discovered a bag containing a semi-automatic pistol with 50 bullets and 47 individual one kilo blocks of cocaine.
Then total value of the drugs and cash seized in Stalybridge was about £31million and evidence from books kept suggested the whole operation was worth more than £100million.
Det Insp Jason Pye, from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit said: “This marks the end of a very long, but successful investigation into one of the biggest drugs operations in the North.
“Officers spent hours poring over footage of this group and watched as Callaghan strictly ran his business mirroring more legitimate enterprises.
“This was a sophisticated and very well organised crime group that flooded Middlesbrough and the North East with heroin and cocaine.
“Callaghan and his criminal associates are beginning incredibly long sentences.
“Whilst lining their own pockets, the members of this crime group never gave a second thought to the harm and misery class A drugs cause.
“Members of this drugs ring made a considerable amount of money from their enterprise and while they may have spent the past few years spending their ill-gotten gains, the only thing they will be spending now is a significant amount of time behind bars.”