Men made £2m in drugs money

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Two men from Blackpool are to have money made from selling drugs taken off them.

Gary Sarson and Gary Billington are believed to have made more than £2m between them by selling drugs across the UK as part of a 13-strong gang.

The gang members, uncovered by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), were involved in the large scale supply of cannabis and cannabis resin, sourced from the West Midlands and the North West.

EMSOU worked with Northamptonshire, West Midlands, Greater Manchester and Lancashire police forces to arrest the offenders in April 2011.

Following trials and hearings held during last year at Northampton, the group members were sentenced to a total of 64 years in prison – the longest single sentence being 11 years and six months for 47-year-old Nigel

Long, of Kettering, Northamptonshire.

Gary Sarson, 51, of Heyhouses Lane, Blackpool, was jailed for five years and eight months, and will have almost £61,000 seized – the largest single amount of the gang. His personal benefit from crime was £1,082,646.

Gary Billington, 32, of Westminster Road, Blackpool, was estimated to have made £992,433.

He was jailed for four years and eight months, and had £220 confiscated.

More than £109,000 will be seized from all 13 gang members, who made a total of £7.8m through their criminal activity.