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Watch [pounds sterling]20million gang film themselves counting huge piles of drug money; Footage released by police as 'greedy' gang jailed for total of 120 years.

Byline: Stephanie Balloo

'Greedy' drug bosses who tried to transport a huge coke haul via the M6 through the Midlands greedily count their dirty cash in astonishing footage.

The clip, which they filmed themselves, captures the dealers casually sitting around a coffee table piled up with their ill-gotten gains. Watch the video above.

And it is this mobile phone video which helped secure convictions for a gang who plotted to transport [pounds sterling]20million of cocaine into Warrington going via the M6 through the Midlands.

Jamie Simpson and three members of his gang packed a car and a van with a multi-million pound stash of Class A drugs in Kent last August.

The ringleader, along with Clare Smith, Andrew Daniels and Dean Brettle, passed through the Midlands in their bid to smuggle the cocaine into Warrington.

But as they approached the Northern town with 186kg of Class A drugs, the gang were intercepted and stopped by a police Serious and Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).

Both vehicles were searched and officers discovered multi-million pounds worth of cocaine hidden inside.

The van had even been specially adapted to conceal the drugs - with large metal draws hidden beneath a false floor.

The colossal seizure, under the control of leader Simpson, came during a 14-month covert investigation into another based gang.

This OCG was headed by Jamie Oldroyd, owner of ProLease -- a vehicle leasing company -- who was sentenced to 14 years and three months as part of a previous trial (which concluded on Wednesday May 1 2019).

Oldroyd and Simpson were at the highest level of their respective gangs and were convicted for conspiring together to supply cocaine on a number of occasions.

So far the operation has seen 17 people sentenced to a total of 120 years in jail.

Callum Voos was found guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine and will be sentenced on Friday, June 14.

Three men await to be sentenced after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine.

The court heard how Oldroyd's gang were an 'extremely well organised team of criminals' who would go to great lengths to conceal their criminality and minimise the chances of being exposed.

They disposed of mobile phones, used messaging applications to communicate and regularly changed vehicles in a bid to slip under the police radar.

Oldroyd alone was seen driving up to 17 different cars throughout the operation.

His gang were involved in a plot to supply cocaine across the country.

Each of the 14 men had a role to play, police said, to ensure Oldroyd's criminal business was making, distributing and profiting from the drugs.

Lewis Johnson controlled a safe house which was rented by Oldroyd's partner.

This was used by the gang to meet and deliver drugs destined for cities where they would then be supplied to other organised crime gangs.

Oldroyd also did dealings with Paul Ferraiolo, who is known for having close links with organised criminals in Merseyside.

He was even pictured posing in a luxury Ferrari supercar.

In April last year, Oldroyd liaised with Ferraiolo to supply 1kg of cocaine to Islam Grana at a pub car park.

Grana was then instructed to transport the drugs towards the North East area of Middlesbrough.

However, when Grana reached Halifax in West Yorkshire he was arrested after cocaine was recovered in a sports bag beneath the front passenger seat of the car he was driving.

Ferraiolo and Grana's DNA were found on the drawstring of the bag.

Videos on Grana's mobile phone also showed he worked closely with Taulant Paja and proved that together with Oldroyd they had a drugs business, which was generating huge amounts of money.

In July, police searched an address at Biggin Court in Warrington, where Oldroyd's DNA was recovered.

Inside the property cocaine with a street value of [pounds sterling]125,760 was recovered along with scales, spray bottles, plastic packaging and gloves.

Moses Webber also found himself to be a trusted member of Oldroyd's criminal enterprise, he visited the safe house and would assist in organising couriers to deliver a haul of cocaine to various parts of the country.

In February his role came to an end when he was stopped by officers who seized almost [pounds sterling]1,000 from his possession.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Evans, from the Serious and Organised Crime Unit, 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."

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