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Tyldesley man jailed after drugs worth £500,000 recovered in raids
4:31pm Monday 21st October 2013 in News
A TYLDESLEY man has been jailed after cannabis plants with a street value of £500,000 were discovered in a number of raids.
Police surveillance teams observed a Ford Transit van belonging to Steven Metcalfe, aged 36, travelling from Walkden to Essex before returning to Salford after a short stop.
The van was driven to Walkden British Legion on Wilfred Road where the occupant got out and transferred to a different car.
He was seen speaking to two different motorists, one of which was seen handing him something.
Officers executed a warrant at a flat at Coniston House, the residence of Metcalfe’s father Colin Metcalfe, aged 60, where they discovered a number of cannabis plants, weighing approximately 40kgs, in four large cardboard boxes.
The drugs recovered after a number of searches reached an estimated street value of £500,000.
A further warrant was executed at Lentworth Drive, Walkden, and Steven Metcalfe’s finances were investigated to establish whether or not he was living off the proceeds of crime.
Steven Metcalfe, of Wayfarers Drive, was jailed for four and a half years today, Monday, after he was found guilty of being concerned with the supply of cannabis following a trial at Manchester Crown Court.
He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to money laundering and will now face a Proceeds of Crime hearing.
Detective Constable Richard Hudd, based at Pendleton, said: “Steven Metcalfe had built up what he thought was an unreachable drug dealing business and made himself a lot of money.
“However, all drug dealers must know that, sooner or later, their criminal life will come crashing down around them. We have a range of tactics that we deploy in the war on drug dealers, which we are not willing to discuss in public.
“We can say however that this case demonstrates perfectly how drug dealing will almost inevitably lead to criminals spending years in jail.”
Colin Metcalfe had earlier pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cannabis and was jailed for two and a half years.
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