POLICE have dismantled a drugs gang made up of semi-pro footballers who conspired to supply cocaine with a street value of more than £200m.

The group were sentenced to 104 years in total at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday (17), having all pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to conspiracy to supply cocaine and ketamine. They are:

Adam Pepara, 35, of Solihull - jailed for 29 years reduced to 24 years

Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick, 29, of North Kensington - jailed for 26 years and six months reduced to 18 years and nine months

Jamarl Joseph, 28, of Wembley - jailed for 26 years and six months reduced to 17 years and six months

Andrew Harewood, 34, of Woodhurst Road, North Acton - jailed for 24 years and six months reduced to 16 years and one month

Melchi Emanuel-Williamson, 29, of Wesley Avenue, North Acton – jailed for 21 years and six months reduced to 14 years

Luke Skeete, 36, of Evergreen Drive, West Drayton - jailed for 22 years and six months reduced to 13 years and one month

A  Met spokesman said: “The operation we’ve dismantled is not some minor undertaking, involving a group of chancers. This is a highly-organised criminal group who were supplying drugs on an industrial scale throughout the UK.

“The sentences reflect the gravity of what they had been doing. This is a criminal group who had otherwise promising careers – semi-pro footballers with other jobs and courses they were undertaking – but they were motivated by making money from drugs that fuel misery and violence on our streets.

“With Skeete’s arrest we brought this house of cards down.

“After he was detained we secured valuable evidence on his mobile phone, helping us launch another investigation that led to us identifying his conspirators.”

Each had an individual handle to conceal their true identities and evade police, but after painstaking work they were identified.

Detectives spent countless hours examining CCTV which showed the gang coming and going from a storage unit with drugs concealed in holdalls and boxes.