TWELVE members of a Chorley based drugs gang have been jailed for a total of 26 and a half years.

The nine men and three women pleaded guilty to various drugs offences and were sentenced at Preston Crown Court over the course of Monday (11th), Tuesday (12th) and Wednesday 13th May 2015.

They had been charged as part of Operation Magnesium – an investigation into drugs supply across the Chorley area between November 2013 and May 2014.

Lee Graham, 26, and India Hoskinson, 24, of Greenfield Road, Adlington both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supplying cocaine and cannabis. Graham was sentenced to four years in prison and Hoskinson was given a 15 week suspended sentence with electronic tagging and a curfew order.

Gary Greenhalgh, 26, and Leigh Greenhalgh, 20, of Spendmore Lane, Coppull both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine. Gary Greenhalgh was sentenced to four years in prison and Leigh Greenhalgh was jailed for two years and four months. 

Desmond Hollinshead, 26, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supplying cocaine and cannabis and was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison.

Chenice Jackson, 22, of Birkett Drive, Ribbleton, Preston pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supplying cocaine and was jailed for two years and three months.

Hannah Patterson, 23, of Warwick Road, Eccleston pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supplying cocaine and cannabis and was sentenced to two years and two months in prison.

Jack Haddon, 20, of 11 Liptrott Road, Chorley, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supplying cannabis and was sentenced to six months in prison.

Josh Hampson (aka Killeen), 25, of Moor Park Avenue, Preston pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and cannabis and was jailed for two years and eight months.

Wayne Peel, 34, of Gordon Street Chorley pleaded guilty to allowing premises to be used for the supply of cocaine and possession with intent to supply cannabis and was sentenced to one year and two months in prison.

Michael Tasker, 21, of Oakwood Road, Coppull pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.

Joseph Squires, 20, of St Oswalds Court, Coppull pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supplying cocaine and cannabis and was given an eight months suspended sentence.

Detective Inspector Nick Hills said: “I’m pleased with the sentences handed down by the judge – this should send a strong message to drug dealers and local communities alike that we absolutely won’t tolerate this type of criminality.

“Lee Graham was described in court as the ‘director’ of the business – his ‘business’ has blighted local communities for too long and it is right that he and others are now behind bars.

“We are dedicated to tackling drugs gangs, but we can’t do it alone. If anybody has any information about drugs and drug dealing in their local community please contact us so that we can work together to make your area a better place to live.”

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