Almost £60,000 in cash was discovered in a car stopped on the M5 outside Bristol - before police seized a huge quantity of heroin and cocaine from a home in Hartcliffe.
Police were able to connect the vehicle intercepted in South Gloucestershire to the address after discovering it had been driven from Liverpool to Bristol earlier that day, on November 11 last year.
More than £630,000 worth of heroin and cocaine were seized. Also found was an amount of cutting agent, which dealers use to bulk out the heroin and maximise profits.
On Friday (March 17), three men were jailed in connection to the organised supply of drugs. Lee Wood, 34, of Queen Charlotte Street, for 10 years after admitting being involved in the supply of the drugs, having criminal property, driving while disqualified and without insurance.
Peter Gwyther, 27, of Kenmare Avenue, Knowle West, was jailed for six years and eight months after admitting being involved in the supply of the drugs, while Peter Wood, 33, of Clavell Road in Liverpool, was jailed for four years and eight months for being involved in the supply of the drugs and having criminal property.
Judge Edward Burgess described it as a ‘well-organised criminal network functioning at a high level’ and determined Wood had played a leading role directing and organising heroin and cocaine supply on a ‘commercial scale’. Detective Chief Inspector Adam Smith said: “This sentence recognises that these individuals were senior figures in an organised crime group bringing drugs into our city.
“We take targeted action like this because we see first-hand the harm done to individuals and our communities by wholesale dealers like these men. Lives are ruined and communities suffer from the anti-social behaviour and acquisitive crime that come hand-in-hand with the illegal drug trade.”