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A county lines drug gang who brought 'utter and abject misery' to Blackpool was jailed for a total of 43 years.

The pushers included 35-year-old Jamie Copeland who was caught with a large amount of heroin and cocaine in a Kinder Egg hidden between his buttocks.

The Manchester-based organised crime group used cross-county contacts to flood the streets of the seaside resort with heroin and cocaine, with some dealings in full view of holidaymakers.

Jamie Copeland, 35, was caught with a large amount of heroin and cocaine in a Kinder Egg hidden between his buttocks. He got three years in jail

Jamie Copeland, 35, was caught with a large amount of heroin and cocaine in a Kinder Egg hidden between his buttocks. He got three years in jail

One pusher in the county lines gang hid drugs in a Kinder egg

One pusher in the county lines gang hid drugs in a Kinder egg

The operation, which went by the name of 'Junior', had a phone number which addicts in the resort could call to arrange to buy drugs.

Their activities were exposed by police sting Operation Mallard, which revealed drugs were regularly couriered there from Manchester.

Eight people pleaded guilty to county lines-related crimes as a result of the sting.

Ringleaders Kane Hopkins, 24, from Manchester, got nine years and Christian Cook, 19, from Blackpool, received three years and eight months in a Young Offender Institution (YOI).

Judge Philip Parry said some street dealing would have taken place full view of Blackpool residents, visitors, men, women, and children, whom he said 'must have been disgusted'.

Kane Hopkins, 24, from Manchester, got nine years

Christian Cook, 19, from Blackpool, received three years and eight months in a Young Offender Institution (YOI)

Kane Hopkins, 24, (left) and Christian Cook, 19, (right) were part of the gang that brought 'utter and abject misery' to Blackpool

He added: 'You fail to grasp or acknowledge the effect your part in drug supply onto the streets of Blackpool has on the people who live in the town, the businesses who suffer at the hands of addicts who steal to fund their addiction, the utter and abject misery you bring to those who are themselves gripped by addition.

'The effect of what you all did has far reaching

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