A detective has said he is "delighted" to see two twin brothers jailed for fraud after they used drug money to buy a house.

James and Paul Green, both 45, were jailed last week after solicitor Paul bought a house in Hedge End using laundered money his club promoter twin James had made from dealing drugs.

James, who had been living in the house in Berrywood Gardens and paying his brother, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of a Class B drug, concealing criminal property and possessing a controlled drug of Class B.

He was also found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and transferring criminal property, namely cash.

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Paul, of Westfield Avenue, Woking, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and converting criminal property.

They were both jailed after a five-week trial at Southampton Crown Court.

Reacting, Detective Constable David Thomas, of the South East Cyber Crime Unit, said: “This outcome really highlights the great collaboration between ourselves and HMRC.

“This case shows the brilliant results that joint-working can achieve, and I am delighted to see these two men placed behind bars for a substantial period of time, where they can reflect upon their crimes.”

James Green was jailed for six years while Paul Green received a 26-month sentence.

The DC added: “This should also send out a clear message to anyone else thinking of doing anything similar that they will not get away with it – we will always do everything we can to seek justice.

“To those who have already committed similar offences, let it be known that we will still work tirelessly to bring you before the courts, no matter how much time has elapsed since the crimes were first committed.”