Monday, 18 July 2011

Major Drugs Supplier Given 20 Years

By Ben Aulakh

One of Nottinghamshire’s biggest drug suppliers, who evaded capture for more than three years has finally been jailed.

Mr Michael McNiffe, 50, previously of Bestwood, Nottingham, was found guilty of conspiracy with intent to supply Class A drugs at Wood Green Crown Court in London.

He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Around 100kg of heroin, with a street value of £5 million was originally discovered in a vehicle in Aylesford, Kent in July 2008,

In January this year, McNiffe was finally arrested in Sandown, the Isle of Wight, by officers from Nottinghamshire Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit.

Liam Mattimore, 28, formerly of Bestwood, and Owen Remekie, 50, formerly of Bulwell, were both jailed for 20 years in July 2008 for the same drugs offence.

A police spokesperson said, “McNiffe avoided capture for three years but throughout this time, enquiries to locate him continued.”

“His photo and details appeared on the BBC’s Crimewatch and we followed up several lines of enquiry, which eventually led to his arrest in the Isle of Wight.”

“This case highlights that the force will not give up on bringing people to justice, and that anyone who seeks to import or peddle drugs across Nottinghamshire will face long prison sentences.”

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