A BURTON man has been jailed for more than seven years after £2.9 million of cannabis was found following a series of raids aimed at disrupting drug smuggling.
Richard Norris, of Harper Avenue, was caged after admitting conspiracy to import cannabis to Jersey following a complicated and protracted investigation by Jersey Customs and Immigration Service and Staffordshire Police’s Serious Organised Crime Unit and Intelligence department.
The 51-year-old was sentenced to seven years and three months after almost 250kg of suspected cannabis, with an estimated street value of £2.9 million, was recovered from addresses in the Branston, Uxbridge and Horninglow areas of Burton during raids in March last year.
His son Liam was also jailed for eight years for his part in the racket.
The 32-year-old, of Jersey, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import cannabis and conspiring to supply cannabis between 2010 and 2012, two counts of possession of cannabis with intent to supply, one count of supplying cannabis and one count for possessing cannabis.
Julie Ellis, 50, of St Helier, Jersey (ex-wife of Richard and mother of Liam) was found guilty of assisting another to retain the benefit of drug trafficking during a trial last week and will be sentenced in November.
All three appeared at the at the Royal Court of Jersey on Friday, October 11.
Staffordshire Police’s Detective Inspector Simon Duffy said: “These sentences are welcomed and demonstrate the force’s ongoing commitment through Operation Nemesis to tackle organised criminality linked to illegal drugs.
“This is a fine example of the results that can be gained by working with partner agencies to disrupt those involved in this type of criminality.
“There can be great complexities in dealing with cases such as these but the positive relationships and shared effort by both agencies played a significant part in bringing the offenders to justice.”
David Nurse, law enforcement director at Jersey Customs and Immigration Service, said: “I wish to put on record my thanks to Staffordshire Police, as this excellent result for the Island would not have been possible without their assistance.”