Eight man sentenced in connection with £14 million cocaine seizure

An eighth man has been sentenced in connection with the seizure of £14million worth of cocaine by Cumbria Police and HM Revenue and Customs.

Peter William Bradshaw appeared at Manchester Crown Court today for his part in the Conspiracy to import 105 kilos of cocaine with a street value of £14,000,000 into mainland UK.

He was sentenced to 8 years and 6 months in prison.

Peter William Bradshaw, 31, of Leopold Rd, Kensington, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to conspiring to import 105kg of cocaine at Manchester Crown Court today, and will be sentenced on 7th October 2011.

The case relates to 105kg of cocaine seized from two vehicles at Harwich docks in Essex on Saturday 3 May 2008. The drugs were concealed inside pieces of furniture and had a street value of around £14million.

The load was transported on behalf of a criminal gang pretending they were a military family who wanted the goods transported from Germany to the UK – this was a fabrication.

The load was intercepted as part of Operation Addington – an operation led by Cumbria Constabulary to dismantle an alleged organised crime group.

Previously, the following men have been sentenced in connection with the same seizure:

Peter Michael Hannigan, 49, of Howe Gardens in Kendal, was found guilty of Conspiracy to Import Class A Drugs (Cocaine). He was found not guilty of Conspiracy to Supply Class B Drugs (Amphetamine). He was sentenced to 22 years.

Mark Seel Neville, 41, of HMP Kirkham, Preston was found guilty of Conspiracy to Import Class A Drugs (Cocaine) and guilty of Conspiracy to Supply Class B Drugs (Amphetamine). He was sentenced to 26 for Conspiracy to Import Class A Drugs and 4 years for Conspiracy to Import Class B Drugs to run concurrently.

Darren James Michael Morris, 32, of Wesham Hall Road, Kirkham, Preston, was found guilty of Conspiracy to Import Class A Drugs (Cocaine). He was sentenced to 13 years.

Simon John Finlay, 32, of Park Lane, Wesham, Preston, was found guilty of Conspiracy to Import Class A Drugs (Cocaine). He was sentenced to 13 years.

Phillip Grange, 54, of Park Valley, Nottingham, was found guilty of Conspiracy to Import Class A Drugs (Cocaine). He was sentenced to 18 years.

Mark Anthony McGovern, 47, of Ingleway Avenue, Blackpool, Lancashire was found guilty of Conspiracy to Import Class A Drugs (Cocaine). He was sentenced to 18 years.

John Morris, 52, of Chapel Walks, Kirkham, Lancashire, pleaded guilty to the offence of Conspiracy to Import Class A Drugs (Cocaine) and was sentenced to six years in prison today at Manchester Crown Court

A ninth man, Henry Joseph Mooney, 47, of Stockbridge Road, Padiham, Burnley, was found not guilty of Conspiracy to Import Class A Drugs (Cocaine) and was acquitted.