[O]fficers who led an investigation which saw six jailed for their role in supplying Class A drugs in North Cumbria have been commended for their work.
Detective Inspector Patrick McDonnell, Detective Constables Jay Ritson, Vaughan Jackman and Intelligence Analyst Tricia Chambers received Chief Constable’s Commendations in respect of their work in securing a total of 46 years in prison for the Merseyside gang.
The investigation was complex and lasted over several years whilst officers built a case which would see seven convicted, six with immediate jail terms ranging from five to 14-and-a-half years in prison.
The gang were jailed following a trial during which the court heard evidence that the drugs supplied added up to a total value of at least £380,000.
Detective Chief Inspector Nick Coughlan said: “Securing these convictions was the resulted of highly-skilled and patient investigatory work of the highest order.
“Class A drugs can have a destructive impact on communities which means pursuing and convicting those involved in their supply, in large quantities, is so important.
“The efforts of those commended today has also been recognised by the trial Judge, with Court Commendations in recognition of the high quality of work prior to the trial.”