Two Wigan Men Jailed For Drug Trafficking

Three men involved in a £1.2 million drug trafficking conspiracy have been jailed.

37-year-old Anthony Kenyon, and 47-year-old Phillip Rannard, both of Wigan, Greater Manchester were found guilty of supplying Class B drugs following a trial in November last year.

38-year-old Naeem Asghar, of Motherwell, Lanarkshire, pleaded guilty to the same charges.

Asghar was jailed for six years at the High Court in Glasgow today while Kenyon was sentenced to four years, 10 months and Rannard to four years, six months.

They were arrested as a result of Operation Chilon, an investigation into Scotlands serious organised crime network.

Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole, head of investigations at SCDEA, said: "Today's sentencing demonstrates that drug dealers are not above the law.

"Other dealers should sit up and take note. We are using all means at our disposal to identify who they are, to put them out of business and ensure they are brought to justice for their crimes."

Asghar, Kenyon and Rannard were arrested on September 24 2010.

Officers watched Asghar leave his work in Newmains, Lanarkshire, in a van and travel to Kirimar Haulage and Logistics at Green Elms industrial estate in nearby Uddingston, where he met Kenyon and Rannard, who also arrived in a van.

The three men were seen transferring four boxes into Asghar's vehicle, and both vehicles then left the premises.

Officers from Strathclyde Police later stopped the vans and a total 13 boxes containing cannabis resin were found, with a street value of £1.21 million.

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