A 24-year-old man organised 'runners' to supply class A drugs across Burnley and Rossendale.

An investigation by Greater Manchester Police's county lines team found that Kielan Shennan was involved in supplying crack cocaine and heroin across East Lancashire using a busy drugs line.

Shennan came to the attention of police after phone evidence implicated a mobile number being used as a drugs line and the investigation team set about determining who was in control of the phone and where this person was located.

Mobile phone evidence and CCTV enquiries led to the identification of Shennan and he was arrested on August 16.

A house search led to the seizure of a significant quantity of heroin and more than £1,500 in cash.

Lancashire Telegraph: Cash and drugs seizedCash and drugs seized (Image: GMP)

The investigation and evidence stacked against Shennan demonstrated he was involved in organising drug runners and had a leading role in supplying class A drugs for the county line.

He pleaded guilty to being concerned in supplying a quantity of cocaine and possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of class A heroin, and to possessing criminal cash.

Shennan, of Munn Road in Manchester, was jailed for three years and nine months at Manchester Crown Court today (October 24).

PC J Claxton, of GMP's county lines team, said: “Shennan was a key player in a county line supplying significant amounts of crack cocaine and heroin to the areas of Burnley and Rosendale.

“I welcome the sentence today and I hope it sends a message to the criminals that we will seek to arrest and prosecute anyone involved in the supply of drugs, which blights our communities with misery and violence.

“We will continue to work tirelessly to disrupt the supply of illegal drugs and ultimately protect the young and vulnerable in our communities who are exploited by them.”