Spondon man Anslow Farrar jailed for four years over drug gang role
A SPONDON man has been jailed for four years after a multi-million-pound cocaine ring was busted.
Anslow David Farrar, of Station Road, Spondon, was charged with being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs after 18 men were arrested during coordinated raids last year.
The gang was attempting to distribute high-purity cocaine worth £2 million on to the streets of Lincolnshire.
The conspiracy began in 2010 when Nicholas Howarth and Leigh Upsall, both from Lincolnshire, began cutting, preparing and distributing the cocaine from a connection in London.
But by 2011, the pair had begun to source their drugs from an organised crime group in Peterborough, headed by Andrew Friel and Matthew Purves.
When this supply chain failed they turned to a Grimsby-based dealer in August 2011.
The defendants were arrested during planned operations led by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, which took place between September 2011 and May 2012.
Yesterday, Howarth, Upsall, Friel and Purves were handed sentences at Nottingham Crown Court ranging from 10 years to 13 years and nine months.
Fifty-one-year-old Farrar pleaded guilty at a hearing last year.
Senior investigating officer DCI Joe Elliott, of the unit, said: "This was a large and complex investigation.
"The jail terms send out a very powerful message.
"Not only do we, as a regional unit, have the capability to stop groups such as this but the courts regard drug supply on this scale as a very serious matter indeed."