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Man jailed for drug offences after being stopped on M6 in South Cumbria

A man from Liverpool has been jailed for drugs supply offences following an incident earlier in the year in South Cumbria.

Barry Simmons, 40 of Winifred Road, Liverpool pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing and was sentenced to 33 months in jail today at Carlisle Crown Court for of possession with intent to supply class B drugs (namely Cannabis resin and Amphetamine).

The court heard how officers stopped Simmons’ vehicle on the M6 northbound, near Tebay on 15 August 2023.

Upon searching the vehicle, police seized 10kg of Amphetamine with a street value of over £100,000 and 2kg of Cannabis resin, with a street value of approximately £10,000 - £20,000.

Simmons was arrested and taken to Kendal Police Station.

The seizure forms part of forms part of Operation Alliance - Cumbria Constabulary’s ongoing response to protect the county against serious and organised crime.

Detective Inspector Jamie Eaton said: “Simmons was carrying a significant quantity of drugs when officers stopped his vehicle.

“Today’s result shows the consequences that face those who travel into the county with the intent to supply drugs.

“We will continue to take robust action to target organised criminality in Cumbria and will pursue those involved at every level to ensure offenders are brought to justice”.

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