An organised crime gang have been jailed for a total of 13 and a half years after their £500,000 drug operation in an abandoned Grimsby bank was uncovered by police.

Evaldas Medelis, 29, and Laminonas Navickas, 23, both of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to production of cannabis and were sentenced to three and a half years each in prison.

Karolis Rusevicius, 27, of Mapperley Plains, Nottingham, was found guilty of production of cannabis, intent to supply, two counts of possession of criminal property and possession of a firearm and ammunition.

ollowing the four day trial, Rusevicius was jailed for six and a half years.

The court heard that a sophisticated operation had been found after a report from the public of a suspicious vehicle at the empty Bethlehem Street property.

When police checked the van, it had been reported stolen and was stopped by officers a short time later.

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