Drug lord Jamie Simpson, 31, was arrested on the M6 motorway near Knutsford, Cheshire after police surrounded his black Ford Transit.
Upon raiding it, 186kg of high purity cocaine was discovered worth an estimated £20million.
The drugs were hidden under the floor of the van, stuffed inside boxes and hidden within the passenger seat.
Helicopter footage has since emerged showing the moment Simpson was arrested on August 2.
Around five unmarked police cars quickly surround the kingpin’s car, along with a black SUV.
Within seconds, officers jump out of their cars and began to drag people out of the blacked out vehicles.
Simpson can be seen handcuffed on the ground.
Police gained knowledge of Simpson after they carried out surveillance on a gang run by Jamie Oldroyd, 29.
Detective Chief Inspector Mike Evans, from Cheshire Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said Oldroyd was running a nationwide drugs operation and would sometimes work with Simpson and his gang to acquire cocaine.
Simpson was jailed for 11 years and six months for conspiracy to supply cocaine in April, but his sentence can only now be reported as restrictions imposed until the end of another trial have been lifted.
Oldroyd pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and was jailed for 14 years and three months in May.
Nine other members of Oldroyd’s gang – including Paja – were jailed for a total of 55 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine.
Jordan Redfern, 22, was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and dangerous driving.
Kyle Kelly, 20, pleaded guilty and will be sentenced at a later date.
It comes after five people were taken to hospital after taking high strength ecstasy pills.
Source: Read Full Article