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Grappenhall woman on trial accused of role in £12m cocaine ring
8:00am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
THE trial of three men and one woman accused of conspiracy to supply drugs as part of a £12m cocaine ring has begun.
Members of the jury were sworn in on Tuesday as the first day of a three month drug trial commenced at Warrington Crown Court.
Members of the gang were arrested as part of Operation Titan following the biggest drug seizure ever achieved by the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit since the unit started in 2008.
Cocaine with a street value of £12m was seized by police in Chelmsford, Essex, on April 6.
Some members of the gang were arrested at the scene and others were arrested after raids in Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire.
Diane Brookhouse, of Coronation Avenue, Grappenhall, will stand trial for conspiring to supply cocaine, methylmethcathinone and diamorphine between May 15, 2012 and April 7, 2013.
The 42-year-old, who has been released on bail, only spoke to confirm her name in court.
Ikhlaq Hussain, of no fixed abode, aged 25, and Stephen Crane, of Drage Close, Lutterworth, aged 55, pleaded not guilty to supplying cocaine and diamorphine between May 15, 2012 and April 7, 2013, and will stand trial alongside Brookhouse.
Christopher Coogan, of Wellcroft Road, Liverpool, aged 21 will stand trial for one count of conspiring to supply cocaine between May 15, 2012 and April 7, 2013.