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DETECTIVES have revealed how a major drug gang operated under the cover of two North Yorkshire businesses as two more gangsters were jailed.

Six of the gang headed by convicted cocaine smuggler Alan Barker are now behind bars serving a total of 34 years and seven more have been given suspended prison sentences or a community order.

Barker, 56, used his business Selby Hydroponics near Carlton as a headquarters for the production and supply of cannabis on an industrial scale and a second business, Selby Plant Hire, to store anti-surveillance equipment and ammunition. He had two illegal sawn-off shotguns.

As The Press reported in May, Barker was jailed for nine years and nine months as was his brother Gary, 53, now serving six years and three months, and two of his “trusted lieutenants”.

 

 

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