Five people have been jailed for more than 88 years after a major drugs smuggling operation was uncovered, which was estimated to be worth £60 million in the UK.

The huge operation, which included cannabis, amphetamines and MDMA were smuggled into the UK from the Netherlands using legitimate hauliers, who were unaware they were carrying the illegal substances.

The operation, which saw a total of £13.5 million worth of drugs seized, was launched in July 2013 by the Serious and Organised Crime Unit of Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police.

Richard Dale, 51 from Walsall, was jailed for 12 years for conspiracy to import class A drugs.

Peter Hillback, 42 from Cheslyn Hay was sentenced to prison for 14 years and four months.

Robert Whitehouse, 68, and Robert Scott, 67, has both been sentenced to a minimum of 20 years each in prison for conspiracy to import class A drugs, conspiracy to import class B, conspiracy to supply MDMA, conspiracy to supply amphetamine and conspiracy to supply cannabis.

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