A father and son have been jailed for a combined 12 years and 9 months for their part in a drugs conspiracy in the Astley and Tyldesley area.

Antony Peers aged 67  and his son, also called Antony Peers aged 37 both of North Lane, Astley were jailed for 4 years 6 months and 8 years 3 months respectively

The younger Antony Peers used the Encrochat handle ‘Tubbyfern’ to communicate with others and organise the wholesale acquisition and supply of cocaine and cannabis and operating cannabis farms.

His father Antony also played a vital role in the operation, using a hydraulic press to mix and re-press blocks of cocaine in his garage at North Lane in Astley. There was also evidence of a cannabis farm at his address.

His son lived only a few doors down. Police discovered that the Peers’ owned several houses on North Lane and the surrounding area.

Together, the father and son were criminal associates of Ricky Lee and Christopher Gresty of Salford who have already been convicted for their part in the conspiracy.

The pair were arrested in March last year.Police seized drugs, wardrobes full of designer clothes, a Range Rover Evoque, mountain bikes, a Rolex watch & jewellery; a 30-tonne hydraulic press and cannabis growing equipment were also seized.

A Proceeds of Crime Hearing will take place later in the year.


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