Richard Fido
Richard Fido

A Brinsley man who was part of a major drugs gang has been jailed.

Richie Fido, 29, was part of a criminal gang of 12 people who used a Sutton-in-Ashfield shop to run a drugs supply operation. Ten of the gang have been sentenced so far to a total of more than 100 years between them in prison.

Police forces across the East Midlands and the north of England were involved in the operation, seizing kilos of amphetamine and cocaine worth thousands of pounds on the street in the process.

Nottingham Crown court heard the plot began to unravel in July last year when a van was stopped on the A1 near Doncaster, in South Yorkshire, containing ten kilos of amphetamine, worth an estimated £227,000. The resultant investigation linked the drugs to the Protein Masters store in King Street, in Sutton, and a warrant was executed at the shop a few weeks later.

Fido, 29, of Broad Lane, Brinsley, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce amphetamine and conspiracy to supply amphetamine. He was sentenced to five years and four months in prison when he appeared in court on Friday, August 22.

The longest sentence -18 years and eight months - was handed to Ben Mullins of Ripley, who admitted to conspiring to supply both types of drug and conspiring to produce amphetamine.