£55m drugs haul found after Hartlepool link

Teesside Crown Court
Teesside Crown Court

POLICE followed a drug dealer from Hartlepool’s Headland to North Yorkshire before discovering a lock-up containing £55m worth of drugs.

The find - the biggest ever in the region - was found during an operation which stretched from Northumberland to North Yorkshire.

Drugs cops had been secretly watching and filming Aaron Nesbitt meeting other dealers and making exchanges.

Shaun Langlois, 30, was arrested after a £3,000 deal for Ecstasy tablets took place with Nesbitt in a pub car park in Billingham.

Nesbitt, 26, was not held in the bust last June so undercover officers could keep him under surveillance over the following months.

After a meeting on the Headland, he was followed to the storage yard near Thirsk, North Yorkshire, on January 9, where the drugs were found.

Teesside Crown Court heard yesterday that he got drawn into the underworld because of huge debts and the threat of losing his home.

Nesbitt, of Headlam Road, Billingham, got 13 years after Judge Simon Bourne-Arton, QC, described their trade as “on a massive scale”.

He admitted conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs, possessing criminal property - £12,060 cash - and supplying Class A drugs.

Anderson, of Etherley Walk, Stockton, was jailed for 10 years after he admitted conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs.

Langlois, of Fulmer Drive, Blyth, pleaded guilty to possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply and was locked up for four years.