Blackpool tycoon dubbed Mickey Blue Eyes was secret drug baron


Pals of Michael Welsh thought he had made his fortune as a company director and saw him splash out on boats and cars.

But he had been notching up £13,000 a week peddling drugs.

Welsh, 48, was in charge of the organised crime syndicate near Blackpool, Lancs, with his sister Julie, 47.

The ex-double glazing entrepreneur would help couriers smuggle the class A drug.

He bought three boats, including a luxury yacht and a racing dinghy, jetted off on lavish holidays and furnished his home with top of the line gear.

Welsh got the nickname Mickey Blue Eyes from the 1999 film where Hugh Grant plays a clean-cut art dealer who marries into a gangster family.

His empire crumbled when police stormed his Blackpool home and found 300g of cocaine, worth around £50,000, and £2,800 in cash.

Welsh was jailed for nine years at Preston Crown Court while his sister was given a six year and eight month term.

Det Insp Bev Foster said: “I am pleased that not only have we been able to bring these people to justice, but we have also stripped Welsh of his ill gotten gains.”