Jailed after £5.5m drugs bust by cops

Lee Hill
Lee Hill

A man from Eastwood has been jailed for six years after he was found to be involved in the supply of £5.5million worth of drugs.

Police stopped Lee Hill’s van near junction 27 of the M1 last June and found amphetimine with a street value of £5.5million stashed in the back.

The 97 litres of liquid amphetamine was concealed in tins of varnish.

41-year-old Hill, who lived in Lynncroft, was arrested at the scene and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class B drugs.

He was then sentenced along with three other men involved with the drugs at Derby Crown Court last week.

After police investigations, Edward Rooney and Mir Baz were identified as being responsible for the importation.

Rooney, aged 53, from Bulwell, was jailed for 10 years and Baz, 44 and from Leeds, was jailed for seven years and four months.

Shane Bird, from Mapperley, had been recruited as a ‘fixer’ to arrange a chemist to convert the liquid amphetamine and as a courier to transport the drugs.

He was jailed for eight years and six months.

Hill’s job was to collect and convert it from liquid to powder form.

Detective Inspector Keith Priest said: “These convictions are the result of an in-depth inquiry into international drugs trafficking, which spanned a number of months.The hard work of the officers involved has not only put a major dent into the operations of this particular organised crime group, but also prevented a significant amount of drugs from reaching the streets of Nottinghamshire.”

At a previous hearing Rooney and Baz pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import Class B drugs to the UK. Hill pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class B drugs.

Following a trial Bird was found guilty of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs.