Lancashire

Seven sentenced after Blackpool cannabis raids

(From left) Stephen Sumner, James Gardner, James Somers, Jason Millington
Image caption Four of the men were jailed for conspiring to produce and supply cannabis

Seven men have been sentenced for conspiring to produce and supply cannabis in and around Blackpool.

The seven were arrested after police raids in the area last year, which saw five properties searched and cannabis with a street value of £127,000 seized.

At Preston Crown Court, four of the men were given jail terms of between two and three-and-a-half years.

The other three were given sentences of between 16 and 32 weeks, suspended for two years.

Stephen Sumner, 29, of Chatsworth Avenue in Fleetwood, James Gardner, 29, of The Stables in Poulton-le-Fylde, and Jason Millington, 41, of Harris Street in Fleetwood, all pleaded guilty to conspiring to produce and supply cannabis.

Image caption Cannabis with a street value of £127,000 was seized from five properties

They were jailed for three years, two years and two-and-a-half years respectively.

James Somers, 42, of Toronto Avenue, was jailed for three years and six months after being found guilty of the same charge.

Joshua Lambert, 24, of Pauls Lane in Hambleton, was given 36 weeks suspended for two years after pleading guilty to conspiring to produce and supply cannabis and possession of cocaine.

Kurt Ramsbottom, 26, of Northway in Fleetwood, admitted conspiring to produce and supply cannabis and possession with intent to supply cannabis, and was sentenced to 32 weeks suspended for two years.

Steven Atkinson, 29, of Heathfield Road in Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to conspiring to produce and supply cannabis and received 16 weeks suspended for two years.

All three were also ordered to carry out 50 hours of community service.

Det Con Stu Peall said Lancashire Police were "very satisfied" with the sentences.

"These men were involved in a very large organised operation and I am pleased that we have been able to put a stop to it," he said.

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