Lancashire Constabulary – Trio jailed for drug offenses

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Three members of an organized criminal group based in Preston have been jailed for more than 22 years for supplying cocaine and heroin from Liverpool to Preston, Carlisle and Scotland.

Wesley Harriot, Paul Harrison and Shaun Burns (pictured, left to right) appeared at Preston Crown Court yesterday (Thursday September 30).

The trio had been arrested by police as part of Operation Silk, a Targeted Crime Unit campaign focused on supplying Class A drugs to the city run by the organized criminal group Harriot.

Between April 1, 2020 and June 10, 2020, the group distributed kilos of Class A drugs between Liverpool, Preston, Carlisle and Scotland.

Harriot used encrypted cell phones known as EncroChat phones to communicate with his associates to organize the distribution of kilos of Class A drugs.

The encrypted data was obtained by the French authorities and disseminated to the National Crime Agency.

Harriot’s role in the plot was to organize 11 drug races where he had couriers Paul Harrison and Shaun Burns collect and distribute drugs from Liverpool, transporting the proceeds to Preston, Carlisle and Scotland. A total of 7 kg of cocaine and 5 kg of heroin were distributed at a wholesale price of between £ 264,000 and £ 405,580.

On average, the drug lines were earning £ 2,000 per day and over the three-month conspiracy period, a total of £ 182,000.

The trio were arrested and charged with conspiracy to supply a class A drug – cocaine and conspiracy to supply a class A drug – heroin.

• Harriot, 29, homeless, was sentenced to 11 and a half years.
• Burns, 29, of Parkfield Crescent, Lea, Preston was jailed for five years and four months.
• Harrison, 34, homeless, was sentenced to six years.

Lancashire Police Detective Roger Ashcroft said: “We are committed to combating and disrupting drug trafficking activity and protecting vulnerable members of society.

“We encourage anyone concerned about criminal activity in their area to contact the police, knowing that we will act on this information and take appropriate action. “

Anyone concerned about drug trafficking or other criminal activity in their area can call the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted, confidentially, on 0800 555 111.

An application for proceeds of crime has been filed and is scheduled for February 2022.

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