Liverpool man ran huge drug gang with 'national reach'

A Liverpool[1] man who helped lead a drug gang[2] has been jailed after a courier hid up a tree following a dramatic police chase. Michael Graham, 37,  was jailed for 12 years after police smashed a drug gang which was supplying cocaine to Leicestershire and Hertfordshire. A five-month investigation into the gang culminated in a high speed chase in August last year.

Deon Farrow threw cocaine out of the window of a Mercedes as police chased him down the A46 through Leicestershire. Farrow eventually tried to hide up a tree but was arrested by officers at the scene.

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Police said Michael Graham orchestrated the illicit operation from Liverpool, with Kristian King and Kulraj Gill heading up the East Midlands arm. Detectives also said the gang had ‘national reach.’

Marc Fleetwood (32), formerly of Rice Lane, Liverpool, got five years and nine months.

Last week nine men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

At Leicester Crown Court, between Wednesday 20 and Friday 29 November 2019, they were sentenced as follows: Michael Graham, 37, formerly of Derby Road, Liverpool, was jailed for 12 years. Kristian Lynas King, 45, formerly of Forest Gate, Anstey, was given nine years and eight months.

Kulraj Gill, 46, formerly of Fox Hollow, Oadby, got four years and 10 months. Deon Farrow, 27, formerly of Willow Brook Road, off Uppingham Road, Leicester, was jailed for seven years and eight months. Neil Falanga, 38, formerly of Aldeburgh Close, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, was given six years.

Marc Fleetwood, 32, formerly of Rice Lane, Liverpool, got five years and nine months. Akbar Pathan, 35, formerly of Mount Avenue, North Evington, Leicester, was given two years and six months. Ameen Jogee, 30, formerly of London Road, Leicester, was jailed for two years and four months.

Ameed Hussain, 31, formerly of Windmill Street, Peterborough, was jailed for four years.

The nine defendants prosecuted as part of an investigation into drug supply across the midlands

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After the sentencing Detective Inspector James Avery from Leicester Police said: “This was an organised group of drug dealers with national reach. “With the main players now behind bars, and heroin and cocaine with a street value of GBP170,000 removed from circulation, we see yet another criminal enterprise dismantled and communities across the country no longer suffering the harm caused by them. “But we’re not stopping there.

The next stop is recovering their criminal proceeds through the Proceeds of Crime Act.”

References

  1. ^ Liverpool (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  2. ^ drug gang (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)

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