A Chorley man is one of 12 men and a woman who have been sentenced to a total of 152 years for a multi-million-pound drugs conspiracy.

David Jolly, 44, of Enfield Close, Chorley, was sentenced to 12 years jail at Liverpool Crown Court last week.

The sentencing follows an eight-month operation by officers from Titan (North West Regional Organised Crime Unit) into the supply of Class A drugs from Merseyside to Lancashire, Scotland, South Wales and Cheshire.

Jolly was arrested on September 21, 2011 by uniformed Merseyside police officers on the M62 towards Liverpool just before junction seven at Rainhill.

His Mercedez van was searched by officers and 2kg of heroin, 11,370 tablets containing various class ‘C’ controlled drugs and £2,500 cash were recovered.

A baseball bat was also found inside the van.

Jolly was arrested for possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply, money laundering and possession of an offensive weapon.

He was charged on December last year with the drugs conspiracy.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply controlled drugs in March.

Detective Superintendent Jason Hudson from the police Titan team, said: “The sentences reflect the severity of the scourge of drugs on our streets.

“We launched a lengthy investigation into this organised crime unit and obtained evidence that ensured some major players in the drugs trade have been taken out of action for a considerable amount of time.

“They are now facing a considerable amount of time behind bars and will be stripped of all their ill-gotten gains sending a strong message to anyone involved in organised crime, or thinking of getting involved, that no-one is untouchable and you will be found and brought to justice.”