The Liverpool Echo on 16th October carried a feature on a gang, led by an Ian Spackman. The 9 men basked in the riches of their empire – taking luxury holidays, flashing watches worth thousands of pounds and parking expensive cars on the driveways of their often plush homes. Cocaine, heroin and cannabis with a street value of £1.25 million was seized during the police investigation. A separate plot involving some of the same cast saw them create a fake plumbing firm, P & M Plumbing, to import huge cannabis deliveries into the UK from Spain. Class A drugs and cannabis were supplied to locations across England, including Blackpool, Cumbria and the North East. Some of the cannabis formed part of another lucrative arm of the gang’s operation – the dispatch of the Class B drug to the Isle of Man, where the drug has a higher street value there than the mainland UK, and was smuggled in special compartments built into the floor of a van.