As National Neighbourhood Week draws to a close tomorrow, Birmingham East Police (working alongside members of local communities) have put 15 drug dealers behind bars; who are now serving prison sentences totalling over 50 years.
Anti-drugs ” Operation No Deal ” was launched by Birmingham East Police in early 2011 and aimed to work closely with local communities, in order to rid the area of two specific street-level drug gangs responsible for supplying cocaine and heroin.
After extensive surveillance, in March 2012, nearly 50 separate addresses in Bordesley Green, Small Heath, Hall Green, Stechford, Kings Heath, Washwood Heath, Alum Rock and Yardley were swooped upon in a series of co-ordinated morning raids.
Heroin and crack cocaine, with an estimated street value of almost £16,000 pounds, was seized along with nearly £74,000 in cash.
A total of 39 individuals were arrested for various drugs offences, and 35 were charged.
11 of them were sentenced between May and June 2012 and a further four men were sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court, on Thursday 21st June and Friday 22nd June, for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
The 15 convicted drug offenders now begin jail sentences of up to seven years, equalling over 50 years in total between them.
Detective Chief Inspector Nick Walton, who led the operation, said: “Operation No Deal was named by members of the public and it started when community members told us they wanted us to tackle the issue of drugs in their neighbourhoods.
“Members of the public have helped us to put these dealers behind bars. By approaching us with information, we have been able to remove these men from our streets. These sentences are a significant success for both police and the communities of Birmingham whose lives have been affected by the criminal activities of these individuals.”
Details of sentences:
- Sentenced on Friday 18 May 2012:
Simon Grimmett, aged 21 and from Yardley, was arrested during the coordinated raids in March. He has received a sentence of three years and four months for supplying class A drugs (sentenced on 18 May).
- Sentenced on Friday 8 June 2012:
Kasim Mohammed, aged 19 and from Bordesley Green was sentenced to four years and three months for conspiracy to supply class A drugs. He sold a quantity of class A drugs (heroin) to undercover officers.
- Qasim Hussain, aged 20 from Small Heath was sentenced to four years and three months for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
- Sentenced on Monday 11 June 2012:
Usman Ali, aged 22 and from Small Heath, was sentenced to four years and six months for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
- Urfan Shoukat, aged 25 and from Small Heath, was sentenced four years and six months for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
- Amar Rehman, aged 22 and from Bordesley Green, was sentenced to three years and six months for conspiracy to supply class A drugs. This is a consecutive sentence as he is currently serving three and a half years for possession with intent to supply.
- Rizwan Shoukat, aged 29 and from Chelmsley Wood, was sentenced to five years and three months for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
- Suleiman Yaseen, aged 20 and from Saltley, was sentenced to four years and three months for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
- Daniel Walsh, aged 20 and from Small Heath, was sentenced to two years and three months for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
- Mudassar Ali, aged 21 and from Hall Green was sentenced to two years and ten months for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
- Shahid Zaman, aged 24 and from Small Heath, was sentenced to two years and four months for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
- Sentenced on Thursday 22 June:
Vaccas Hussain, aged 26 and from Bordesley Green, was sentenced to three years for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
- Sentenced on Friday 22 June:
Anil Ajaz, aged 20 and from Yardley, was sentenced to three years in prison for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
- Amir Ayub, aged 22 and from Small Heath, was sentenced to three years for conspiracy to supply class A drugs and a further nine months for a section 47 assault.
- James Dunne, aged 39 and from Ward End, was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
In addition to drug warrants, and as part of the tough approach to convicting dealers, officers from Birmingham East Police have been using legislation under the Criminal Justice Act 1998 and the Police Act 2005.
The legislation gives police the powers to keep individuals suspected of swallowing drugs in custody, under constant watch of officers, until the drugs pass through their system.
Anil Ajaz, aged 20 and from Yardley and Amir Ayub, aged 22 and from Small Heath were both sentenced to three years in prison this week, as a direct result of officers using this legislation.
In September 2011, officers from the Local Priority Team in east Birmingham were on plain clothes patrol in Stechford when they spotted a car believed to be linked to drug dealing. They followed the vehicle and witnessed the occupants pull up next to a lone female and deal drugs to her.
The tailing officers then blocked the vehicle, even having to smash the car windows to gain access to the car. In the process, officers witnessed two of the three men in the car swallow what they believed to be class A drugs wrapped in cling film.
Officers were able to apply to a Magistrate to request the detention of the two men, who were then kept under constant watch in custody whilst officers waited for the drugs to pass through the offenders’ systems.
After twelve days in police custody both suspects passed the drugs, which were sent for analysis, testing positive for class A drugs.
Detective Chief Inspector Nick Walton added: “This has successfully put a stop to some dealers who believed they were untouchable by swallowing drugs and therefore destroying any evidence.
“This forms part of our tough approach to convicting dealers and we will continue to use every piece of legislation at our disposal to put them behind bars.
“We are pleased with the sentences today and, combined with the individuals sentenced last week as part of this investigation, 15 offenders are now in prison for a combined total of over 50 years.”
Of the 35 individuals charged there are now 20 defendants remaining to appear in court, which will be at the end of July.
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