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Blackpool drugs ‘kingpin’ jailed

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

The head of a drug gang which plotted to supply cocaine from Blackpool to various parts of the North West has been jailed for 16 years.

Lee Broadbent organised the sale and distribution of kilo packages of high purity cocaine.

And drugs which could have been worth up to £750,000 on the streets ended up being sold.

At one point he flew to Spain, from where he allegedly continued the “business” before his extradition back to the UK.

Broadbent, 33, claimed at his trial that he had made all his money through gambling and having inside knowledge about betting enabled him to make up to £100,000.

Broadbent had denied a charge of conspiracy to supply the Class A drug, but was found guilty following a lengthy trial at Preston Crown Court.

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