A BRITISH family who were running a drug operation from Spain have been jailed by Birmingham Crown Court.
Faye Maybury, 30, ran the online operation with her mother, cousin, brother and his best friend, who was a semi-professional football player.
The family were disguising class A and B party drugs as sports supplements and sending them to thousands of customers around the world, including in Japan, Brazil and New Zealand.
They were said to be making around €52,000 profit each month.
Adam Maybury, 28, ran the operation from his grand villa in Spain with the help of his family, including his mother Caroline Wakefield, 57.
Sister Faye, 30, cousin Dean Russell, 27 and his school friend and semi-professional footballer for Altrincham FC Thomas Marshall, 28, also helped.
The group sold the drugs online, which included drugs that are legal in other European states, so-called legal highs.
They were busted in 2014 when their packages were intercepted by border agencies.
They have now been sentenced to a total of seventeen years and nine months at Birmingham Crown Court.
Leader Adam Maybury received nine years and his mother Caroline was handed twelve months, suspended for 18 months.
Cousin Russell received three years while footballer Marshall received two years and nine months.