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Cocaine gang jailed for total of 25 years

Five members of a drugs gang who ran sophisticated cocaine factories at their homes have been jailed for a combined total of almost 25 years, prosecutors said.

Kristopher Murray, 22, James Fox, 37, Michael Fernandez, 47, Joseph Shields, 29, and Scott Mather, 42, were imprisoned after a police operation netted cocaine with a street value of £1.7 million.

The class A substance and other drugs paraphernalia were recovered from their homes in Glasgow and North Lanarkshire during the police inquiry.

Detective Inspector Owen McDonach, of Strathclyde Police's major crime investigation unit, said: "This has been a long, detailed and complex investigation with several dedicated officers working on the inquiry.

"Today's verdict sends a strong message to those intent on causing misery by supplying and peddling drugs that they will not get away with it."

The total street value of the cocaine recovered was £1,762,296, police said.

All five admitted their involvement in the supply of cocaine at an earlier court hearing.

At the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday, the men were sentenced to a total of 24 years and five months behind bars.

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