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Drugs gang sentenced for 146 years in Britain
( 2003-10-22 13:35) (Agencies)

A 12-member drugs gang was Tuesday sentenced for a total of 146 years in jail by a court in Liverpool, a port city in western England.

The gang was sent to prison after what customs officers described as the biggest single seizure of drugs, with an estimated street value of 20 million pounds, in May 2002, according to a BBC report.

The drugs, including 119 kgs of heroin, 99 kgs of amphetamine, 14 kgs of cannabis and one kilogram of cocaine, were discovered among vats carrying hazardous chemicals into Britain through the port of Dover.

However, the seizure is just a tip of the iceberg but this should serve as a severe warning, said Detective Superintendent David Brown, head of the Serious and Organized Crime Unit.

"I feel that 146 years reflects the severity of the offenders' actions and their intentions to distribute class A drugs throughout the country," he was quoted as saying at the court.

"We know that the drugs were destined for other organized criminal groups within the North West," he added.

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