MORE details have emerged after a Burton man was jailed following a massive cross-channel operation which uncovered a major drug-smuggling operation.
Richard Norris was caged for seven years and three months as a result of a joint operation aimed at smashing a drugs link that had been unearthed between Burton and Jersey.
Raids by Staffordshire Police in the Branston, Horninglow and Uxbridge areas in March last year saw officers find 250kg of cannabis.
It was estimated at the time to be worth £1 million, but was eventually valued at more than £2.9 million.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Clews, of the Staffordshire Serious Organised Crime Unit, said: “I don’t know if this is the biggest ever seizure in Staffordshire, but I can certainly say that this is one of the largest I have ever been involved in.
“This wasn’t your average day-to-day operation — this is a massive find that has taken a lot of cannabis out of the system.”
It has also emerged that as well as the 250kg of cannabis from the three Burton properties, officers also seized a large amount of cash.
David Nurse, director of law enforcement at Jersey Customs and Immigration Service, said: “We will work jointly with other law enforcement agencies, both on and off island, wherever possible to achieve aims in this area of drug law enforcement.
“The service will always look to effect arrests and make seizures where this will cause the greatest impact on the drug syndicate itself.”
Liam Norris, the son of Richard, was also jailed for eight years for his part in the smuggling operation following appearances at the Royal Court of Jersey.
The sentences were handed out just months after dozens of men and women from Burton were jailed as part of efforts to eradicate the town of crime associated with illegal drugs.
Anyone with any information on drug supply or use in their area should call Staffordshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
People who have knowledge of drug smuggling should call a special helpline on 0800 735 5555.