Gang jailed over plot to bring £2m heroin to Liverpool

Ian and Alan Farley Ian and Alan Farley were jailed for 14 years each

Four men who admitted their parts in a £2m plot to smuggle 40kg heroin into Liverpool from Holland have been jailed at Liverpool Crown Court.

Brothers Ian Farley, 43, from Anfield and Alan Farley, 38, from Crosby, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs along with two other men.

The gang were caught when police stopped one of them collecting a consignment at Ramsgate docks.

The Farley brothers were jailed for 14 years each.

Malcolm Lewtas, 46, from Dymchurch Road, Speke, and Paul Merkelbach, 37, from Haarlem, Holland, were jailed for seven-and-a-half years and 11-and-a-half years respectively.

The men were arrested following a year-long Merseyside Police operation, headed by Det Supt Paul Richardson.

Malcolm Lewtas and Paul Merkelbach Lewtas and Merkelbach also admitted conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

He said they were controlling a drug trafficking business which was bringing a "significant amount" of drugs into the Merseyside area.

"We believe the Farleys were one of our serious organised crime groups," he said.

"Certainly what we would say is that Alan and Ian Farley were the top of a criminal group that were controlling the importation of drugs into the north west of England through north Liverpool and Merseyside.

"I do believe the Farleys were controlling a drug trafficking business which was bringing in significant amounts of drugs.

"On this occasion we have managed to recover the one consignment in terms of the impact that that one consignment has had is evidence of the fact that these people were managing a wider business around drug trafficking into Merseyside."

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