A LEYLAND businesswoman has been jailed for eight years for her role as head of an organised crime group supplying drugs in Chorley, South Ribble and Preston.

Leanne Duffin was woman running the Cosmopolitan Suntan Salon on Leyland Lane, Leyland, but her substantial income was the result of being part of the group.

Chief Inspector Mike Adamson said: "Throughout 2017 police undertook a lengthy and complex investigation into the supply of class A drugs across Chorley and South Ribble.

"The investigation involved detective and uniformed staff and the extensive use of covert investigations to build a strong evidence case against the Organised Crime Group

"The OCG had been involved in the supply of Class A drugs for a number of years and an aggravating feature was the exploitation of vulnerable young people who were pressurised into dealing the drugs for Duffin.

"Following arrests members were charged with conspiracy to supply class a drugs (Cocaine), Class B drugs (cannabis) and money laundering. The OCG attended court at the back end of 2017 and the following sentences were achieved."

Brian Duffin was sentenced to six years, Geri Treadwell (four years), Jordan Whittle (three years and eight months) and Kevn Hewitt (12 months.

Chief Inspector Adamson added: "The substantial assets belonging to Leanne Duffin have been frozen or seized and will be subject to a separate Proceeds of Crime Act court hearing where it is expected that the courts will seize her ill-gotten gains.

If you know people are dealing drugs near you let us know so we can give them a friendly early morning visit."