West Yorkshire: Record drugs haul gang get 20 years jail

Four men have been jailed for a total of more than 20 years following Britain's record seizure of cannabis - £15m worth - in West Yorkshire.

Police recovered over 3.2 tons of cannabis plus amphetamine worth 10,000 and 170,000 in cash after raiding a lock-up unit in Wakefield.

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Robert Price, 55, of Hollyshaw Terrace, Whitkirk, Leeds, admitted conspiracy to supply cannabis and being concerned in the supply of amphetamines and was jailed for eight years.

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Scott Weaver, 30, also of Hollyshaw Terrace admitted conspiracy to supply amphetamines, being concerned in the supply of cannabis and possession of a prohibited weapon – a taser gun.

He received a sentence of five years and three months.

Andrew Lee, 46, formerly of Wrenthorpe Road, Wakefield had previously admitted conspiracy to supply cannabis resin.

His brother Graham Lee, 43, formerly of Rossefield Terrace, Bramley, admitted supplying amphetamines, supplying cannabis and assisting an offender. Both were jailed for three years and four months.

Price, a businessman and property dealer, was the "lynchpin" in the operation to store and distribute the drugs, Leeds Crown Court heard.

Andrew Lee was employed as his "patsy" who hired the unit on Wrenthorpe Road, Wrenthorpe, and was responsible for warehousing the drugs.

The operation was smashed after gangsters from the Merseyside area delivered the drugs, thought to have been smuggled to the UK from

Spain, and were followed by police.

Amphetamines were also seized from a property in Cleckheaton where Price's son-in-law Weaver ran his own operation processing and dealing the drug.

Graham Lee - who originally fled to Benidorm after the seizure in October 2008 - was arrested on his return to the UK.

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