Drug kingpins caught counting wads of cash after massive £20m cocaine haul

Astonishing footage shows a group of drug dealers as they count thick mounds of cash on a sofa.

The video, filmed on a mobile phone, was used as evidence against two gangs that conspired to flood the streets of Manchester and Cheshire with cocaine .

Jamie Oldroyd, 29 and Taulant Paja, 22, are seen sitting around a coffee table covered in bundles of banknotes as they are prepare to use a cash machine.

Oldroyd was observed by detectives driving 17 different cars as part of a 14-month covert investigation to help bust the drugs operation, the Manchester Evening News reported .

Another gang, headed by Jamie Simpson, loaded cocaine worth £20m into a van in Kent to be transported north to Warrington.

Police said the drugs seized from both gangs represented the largest ever inland haul of cocaine in the north of England and the largest ever in Cheshire.

Incredible surveillance footage taken from a helicopter also captured the moment when officer swooped to stop Simpson's van and a car on the M6 motorway near Knutsford last August.

Cheshire Police moved in as the drugs were being transported up the M6, striking between Junctions 19 and 20 – near Warrington – last August.

The man being handcuffed on the ground wearing white and grey is Jamie Simpson, 31, Cheshire Police said.

Both vehicles were searched and officers discovered the cocaine hidden inside.

Detectives picked up intelligence about the convoy as they probed a sophisticated drugs gang with a presence across the north of England.

The 186kg cargo of the Class A drug was under the control of gang leader Jamie Simpson

Detectives described the kingpin as “confident, arrogant and greedy”.

He is pictured barefoot in a white shirt as he was made to lie on the M6 roadway during the police swoop.

The van had been adapted to conceal drugs packed and placed into large metal draws hidden underneath a false floor.

Together Simpson and four other members of the gang – Clare Smith, Andrew Daniels, Dean Brettle and Jamie Winterburn – have now been jailed for a total of almost 35 years.

Simpson, who admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine, was locked up for 11 years and six months.

Oldroyd and other other men have also been jailed.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and was jailed for 14 years and three months.

Four other men who belonged to Oldroyd's gang are due to be sentenced in court on later dates.

The colossal seizure came while Cheshire Constabulary's Serious and Organised Crime Unit were leading a covert investigation – codenamed Operation Dreadnought – into Oldroyd's Warrington-based OCG.

He was the owner of ProLease – a vehicle leasing company in Warrington.

Police said Oldroyd's gang were involved in a plot to supply cocaine to Warrington, Carlisle, Scunthorpe, Darlington, Manchester and London.

The gang regularly disposed of mobile phones, used messaging applications to communicate and changed cars.

Each man had a different role to play, Cheshire Constabulary said.

Paul Ferraiolo – a member of Oldroyd's gang – was even pictured posing in a luxury supercar.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Evans said: "This operation has not only resulted in the largest haul of cocaine being seized in the history of Cheshire but also the largest national in land seizure.

"We have wiped out two organised crime groups, preventing them as well as other gangs from gaining extreme profits and in doing so have protected our communities along with vulnerable adults from criminals who bring with them intimidation, exploitation and violence.

"To transport such a colossal amount of cocaine you have got to be a confident, arrogant and greedy individual. Simpson has proved that he is exactly that and this is what led him to believe he could bring illegal drugs into Cheshire without being disrupted.

"Despite Oldroyd’s organised crime group going to great lengths to conceal their criminality and avoid being caught we were always going to be one step ahead. Let this be a warning to other organised criminals out there, Cheshire is and always will be, a very difficult place to operate.

"I want the public to be reassured that protecting our local communities by pursuing organised criminals will continue to be at the forefront of our priorities."

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