Four members of a criminal gang who plotted to supply class A drugs in Kendal have been locked up for almost 11 years.
Police seized drugs valued at almost £1,200, busting gang members who were implicated through telephone and forensic evidence, cell site analysis and vehicle tracking.
Three men and one woman were sentenced, including Kendal based Michael Jake Nelson, 26, who was drafted into the criminal enterprise as a delivery boy. He was jailed for 16 months.
Manchester man Adam Hussain, a 36-year-old debt-ridden gambler described as the "local branch manager" of the plot which ran for several weeks, was sentenced for four years.
Jade Hewitson, 26, along with her 23-year-old ex-partner and fellow drug addict Zak Brown, peddled illicit substances in Kendal, where they had lived. They were locked up for three years and four months, and two years and two months, respectively.
All four admitted conspiring to supply class A heroin and crack cocaine.
The amount of drugs confiscated from the offenders was suspected to be merely the "tip of the iceberg" of a conspiracy during which a leading player made almost daily trips to Kendal.
Passing sentence, Recorder Julie Clemitson said: "This was a well organised supply chain."
A spokesperson for the South Drugs Unit said: “These sentences show that the Courts will deal robustly with persons involved in this type offence. People need to be aware that should they become involved in this type of organised crime, they should expect a lengthy custodial sentence.
“Drugs have a negative effect on the community. South Drug Squad will continue to target both individuals and groups who believe they can supply drugs in South Cumbria. We will use all legislation open to us to make sure drugs are recovered and persons are brought to justice.”
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Stalker said: “This is yet another example of our officers working to disrupt a county lines drug network, where criminal groups from outside Cumbria seek to establish the supply of controlled drugs in other parts of the country, away from where they live.
“These criminal gangs look to exploit young and vulnerable people in the local area, who are used to carry out the street deals, and / or to let their homes be used as a base for the criminal activity.
“We are working hard within our Force to continue to tackle this sort of criminality, and ask anyone with information about drug dealing to get in touch with us. The part the public can play in bringing these offenders to justice can be vital.”