Drug gang jailed at Carlisle Crown Court

Aaron Giacopazzi Aaron Giacopazzi was jailed for 16 years

A man described as the "godfather" of a drugs operation in Cumbria and the north of England has been jailed.

Aaron Giacopazzi of Raffles Avenue, Carlisle, was jailed for 16 years after police uncovered a drugs ring operating across four counties in 2012.

Eight others from Carlisle, Bradford, Blackburn and Billingham, were also sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court.

Cocaine with a street value of more than £500,000 was recovered from one of the men.

Operation Chamonix also found one of the defendants with a shoe box in his vehicle which contained £43,000 in cash, believed to be payment or part payment for the cocaine police recovered.

In court, Judge Peter Hughes described Giacopazzi as the "godfather of the operation".

Details of convictions and sentences

Aaron Giacopazzi, 47, of Raffles Avenue, Carlisle, was convicted of conspiracy to supply cocaine, conspiracy to supply methadone, perverting the course of justice and dangerous driving. He was sentenced to 16 years.

Shabaz Choudrey, 34, of Rushton Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire and Ayub Khansia, 54, of Tintern Crescent, Blackburn, Lancashire, were both sentenced to 10 years for conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Christopher Drew Brookes, 53, of Albany Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, was convicted of conspiracy to supply methadone and cocaine. He was sentenced to nine years.

Curtis Blue Waite, 24, of Imperial Road, Billingham, Cleveland, was sentenced to six years for conspiracy to supply cocaine.

John Carney, 56, of Raffles Avenue, Carlisle, was convicted of conspiracy to supply cocaine and was sentenced to four years.

Benjamin Morris, 36, of 21 Peel Mount Blackburn, Lancashire and Thomas Robert Martin, 36, of Tarbert Crescent, Blackburn, were sentenced to two years for conspiracy to supply methadone.

Paul Bartholomew Carney, 52, of John Street, Carlisle, was sentenced to 18 months for conspiracy to supply methadone.

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