FOUR men have appeared before Preston magistrates following a major drugs operation across East Lancashire.

Darren Bowling, 47, of Colne Road, Barrowford, was accused of conspiracy to supply cocaine and cannabis, two charges of concealment of criminal property and possession of criminal property.

Stephen Barton, 42 , of Brandy House Brow, Blackburn, was accused of conspiracy to supply cocaine, transferring criminal property, possession of criminal property and cultivation of cannabis.

Paul Bell, 48, Massie Street, Cheadle, was also charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine and cannabis. And Robert Wright, 49, Bankfield Road, Sale, was accused of the cocaine conspiracy and possession of cocaine with intent to supply.

All four, who appeared in court after raids in Barrowford, Blackburn and Burnley, were remanded to appear at Preston Crown Court on February 11.