A drugs baron who ran a criminal empire from his luxury home on the Fylde coast before fleeing to Spain has failed in a bid to clear his name.
Lee Broadbent funded his lavish lifestyle by selling large quantities of cocaine.
The 35-year-old, from Poulton-le-Fylde, was jailed for 16 years at Preston Crown Court in January last year, after being found guilty of conspiring to supply the class A drug.
Broadbent, who has always claimed he won the money gambling and he was “set up”, took his case to London’s Criminal Appeal Court.
But judges dismissed the appeal saying: “There is nothing unsafe in this conviction.”
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