TWO men have been jailed for a total of 20 years for conspiring to supply cocaine and money laundering.
Martin Kiley, 30, of Wordsworth Terrace, Chorley was sentenced to 12 years in prison and Phillip Jennings, 24, of Gillibrand Walks, Chorley was given an eight year custodial sentence.
Both appeared at Preston Sessions Court on Monday after pleading guilty to the offences at an earlier hearing at Burnley Crown Court.
They were sentenced for their part in arranging the travel of two drug mules from London to Trinidad.
The pair, a woman from Chorley and a man from London, were found in possession of around two kilograms of high-purity cocaine at JFK airport in New York in October 2008.
They were bringing the cocaine, which would have had a street value of up to £500,000, from Trinidad to the UK and both went on to serve custodial sentences in America.
Police officers from Chorley Police’s Targeted Crime Unit, a team set up to deal with organised crime gangs, worked with the Department of Homeland Security in the USA to show that Kiley and Jennings were two of the organisers and financiers and they were subsequently arrested on April 12, 2010.
* Full story in this week’s Chorley Guardian.