Valley trio’s £320k drugs charge

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THREE Ribble Valley men have appeared before Blackburn magistrates charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis with a street value of more than £300,000.

Nigel Monk (43), of Southport House, Sawley, and Thomas Beard (50), and his son Thomas Beard jnr (28), of Acorn Lodge Stables, Longsight Road, Clayton-le-Dale, are jointly charged with conspiracy to supply 113.5 kgs of cannabis at Sawley and other places between October 1st and November 16th.

Miss Catherine Allan (prosecuting) said police had recovered 454 nine-ounce bars of cannabis with a street value of £320,000. The drugs were hidden inside planters delivered by a lorry to an address in Sawley as part of a consignment of “garden supplies”. The goods had originally been despatched from Spain and came to the Ribble Valley via Scotland.

All three men were sent in custody to Preston Crown Court.

Monk runs a plant hire business from Lower White Carr Farm, in Whalley.