A drugs gang who flooded the streets of Accrington and Oswaldtwistle with heroin and crack cocaine have been jailed for 24 years.
Officers raided a number of addresses and seized cash, heroin, crack cocaine and mobile phones as part of Operation Selene.
The gang were headed by Jemil Hussain, 33, who played a leading role in arranging the supply of class A drugs and employing a number of number of street dealers to assist between january 2011 and September 2014.
Hussain and co-defendants Adeel Mehboob and Arfan Ahmed were arrested on Steiner Street in Accrington in July 2014 and found with mobile phones, cash and crack cocaine.
After being released on bail Hussain was later arrested in September 2014 on Union Road in Oswaldtwistle in relation to supplying class A drugs and officers seized cash and mobile phones.
Hussain was also seen to swallow a quantity of unknown drugs after being spotted by police.
Hussain, of Country Mews, Blackburn, was jailed for 11 years and eight months, Mehboob, 24, of Queens Park Road, Blackburn, was jailed for seven years and two months and Ahmed, 26, of Ballater Road, Aboyne, was jailed for two and a half years.
All three men were found guilty at Preston Crown Court of conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
Bernard McEwen, 48, of Haslingden Road, Blackburn, was jailed for three years and two months after pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine.
Mobeen Saddique, 34, of Wilton Close, Blackburn, was given 19 months suspended for two years after she pleaded guilty to the same charge.
Lancashire Police said Operation Selene was carried out by the Targeted Crime Team, which is dedicated to disrupting organised crime groups in East Lancashire.
Detailed analysis of mobile phones seized from the defendants showed a ‘high level of contact’ between each other along with tens of thousands of incoming calls from known drug addicts lasting a matter of seconds.
Text messages also showed the defendants advertising the sale of ‘good quality’ heroin and crack cocaine available any time of day and receiving text messages from customers requesting various drugs.
CCTV footage also revealed the defendants meeting with drug users on a number of occasions in Accrington, Oswaldtwistle and Blackburn.
Police said the drugs gang played a part in ‘ruining lives and instilling fear in our neighbourhoods.
Speaking after the sentence, DC James Williamson, from the Targeted Crime Team, said: “I am satisfied with the sentences handed down today which reflect the serious nature of the offences.
“Operation Selene has been a complex and protracted enquiry which has required a lot of hard work and dedication from the investigation team.
“The people in this organised crime group were working together to flood the streets of East Lancashire with heroin and crack cocaine.
“This type of crime not only ruins lives and instils fear in our neighbourhoods, but is a driving force for other crime.
“Now that this group has been taken off our streets we can firmly say they are a much safer place, and hope this goes in some way to providing reassurance to the community.
“Lancashire Constabulary is committed to tackling organised crime groups and those involved - restricting their opportunities to thrive and undermine decent, law abiding citizens. I hope it acts as a warning to those who flout the law that their crime will not be tolerated in our communities.”