Two drug dealers have been locked up after the biggest recovery of crack cocaine in the UK was found at a house in Pendlebury.
More than £1.5m of crack cocaine and heroin was discovered at the property in Brattice Drive last June. Two men were jailed for a total of 24 years .
At Manchester Crown Court Carl St Pierre, 31, of Staplehurst Road, Newton Heart, was imprisoned for 11 years and Robert Leishman, 30, of no fixed abode, was jailed for 13 years.
The drugs were found as part of an ongoing police operation to tackle drug crime across Greater Manchester.
When police entered the premises Leishman was by a table full of crack cocaine that was being prepared into individual street level 'deals'.
He was arrested wearing a pair of latex gloves.
St Pierre was arrested in the hallway next to a bedroom where around nine kilograms of crack cocaine was found. The flat was searched and even more drugs were recovered as well as drug paraphernalia.
In total the drugs were valued at around £1.57m.
St Pierre pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply crack cocaine, possession with intent to supply heroin, possession with intent to supply cocaine and being concerned in the production of cocaine.
Robert Leishman was convicted of possession with intent to supply crack cocaine, possession with intent to supply heroin, possession with intent to supply cocaine and being concerned in the production of cocaine.
Police Constable Marc Walby from North Manchester's Proactive Unit said: St Pierre and Leishman had a very large operation running from the flat and the amount of drugs we have recovered is the largest amount of crack cocaine seen in the UK.
They were caught red handed preparing these drugs to peddle in the area, causing untold misery to the community and encouraging further criminality as addicts turn to burglary and robbery to pay for their habit.
This is a fantastic result for Greater Manchester Police, but it means so much more for the local community.
Huge amounts of drugs have been removed from circulation and the two men responsible for them are facing a long time behind bars.
June 11, 2010