Moment brothers’ £20m drug empire collapses caught on camera in motorway bust

Two brothers have been put behind bars after their drugs business collapsed in the wake of huge busts by police.

Alan Tobin, 51, and John Tobin, 40, were supplying cocaine to criminal gangs when police seized £20m worth of cocaine from a vehicle on the M6 motorway.

Two of their associates Anthony Cullen, 33, and 30-year-old Jamie Oldroyd’s were also sent to prison for their part in the criminal network.

Cullen was given a 27-year sentence in January 2019 and Oldroyd is serving a sentence of 14 years and three months for cocaine dealing reports the Liverpool Echo.

On August 2, 2018, the Tobin brothers from Widnes in Cheshire also instructed Jamie Simpson, 33, to deliver £20m of cocaine on their behalf from Kent to Warrington.

It was this journey that would see 186kg haul of drugs recovered by police, the largest ever seizure of cocaine on land in the UK, and Simpson sentenced to 11 years and six months for conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Footage captured from a police helicopter showed the moment officers stopped a blue van and a Nissan Qashqai following close behind.

The Tobin brothers also sold cannabis, heroin, ketamine and cocaine to other gangs in Scotland, London, North Wales, Cornwall, West Yorkshire, Cumbria, Manchester and Humberside.

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Police said the criminal organisation was "smooth and successful" until a three-pronged operation was launched into Tobin's customers.

Given the names Operation Bullfight, Operation Samurai and Operation Dreadnought, it targeted Lee Stoba, aged 47, Anthony Cullen and Jamie Oldroyd.

As undercover officers kept watch, they saw John Tobin meet with Cullen, Broughton and Robert Bibby at a countryside café, where they discussed the supply of drugs.

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Alan Tobin was also observed meeting with Jamie Oldroyd and Jamie Simpson at a café in Warrington to talk over the onward supply of class A drugs to organised crime gangs in Carlisle, Liverpool, Scunthorpe and Sussex.

The operations led to large amounts of drugs and money being seized by police and resulted in debts owed to the Tobin brothers that were too big for the day-to-day employees to deal with.

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But the criminal ring was ultimately taken down on September 9, last year, when raids were executed in Widnes, Warrington and St Helens and all the men were arrested and subsequently charged.

The five men all pleaded guilty at earlier separate court hearings.

Alan Tobin, 51, previously of Regency Park, Widnes, pleaded guilty on 20 January 2021 to conspiracy to supply cocaine, conspiracy to supply cannabis, conspiracy to supply heroin and conspiracy to supply ketamine.

John Tobin, 40, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty on 20 January 2021 to conspiracy to supply cocaine, conspiracy to supply cannabis, conspiracy to supply heroin and conspiracy to supply ketamine

Robbie Broughton, 38, of Breccia Gardens, St Helens, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine, conspiracy to supply cannabis and conspiracy to supply ketamine.

Brian McQuillan, 51, of Buttermarket Street, Warrington, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine

Simon Leech, 29 of Brindley Avenue, Warrington, pleaded guilty on 15 March 2021 to conspiracy to supply cocaine.

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