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Dealers caged for 81 years
A DRUGS operation has now led to 26 dealers being caged for 81 years.
Seven more people have been imprisoned on the final day of sentencing following West Mercia Police's major anti-drugs initiative, Operation Dorado. It means that over the last three days, a total of 26 people have been sentenced to a total of 81 years for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
This morning, a second organised crime group supplying heroin and crack cocaine from Birmingham into Worcester were jailed by Judge Patrick Thomas at Worcester Crown Court.
Nathaniel Samuels, aged 21 of Hobson Close, Birmingham, was sentenced to seven years and six months;
Malachi Mowatt, aged 25 of Auckland Road, Birmingham, was sentenced to four years;
Kylee Hodgson, aged 26 of Brooke Street, Dudley, was sentenced to three years;
Maria Fortey, aged 50 of Park Street, Worcester, and Lieann Smith, aged 29 of Broad Street, Worcester, were both sentenced to 20 months.
This afternoon, two other men from Birmingham were also sentenced for their involvement in other drug dealing operations.
Mohammed Ishaq, aged 34 of South Road, Hockley, Birmingham was sentenced to six years. He was also bringing drugs to Worcester and using a group of drug addicts from the city as runners. Gary Griffin, Michael Juson and Leighton Bowkett were all sentenced to 20 months each on Tuesday.
Mohammed Ilyas, aged 18 of Davey Road, Birmingham was sentenced to two years and nine months for his involvement with Mohammed Bashir and Liam O'Rourke, jailed yesterday, who were purchasing drugs in Birmingham and travelling to Worcester to distribute them.
Operation Dorado started with a covert phase that took many months with detectives collecting evidence against criminals from the West Midlands and street dealers in Worcester. This included an undercover officer, referred to in court only as ‘Danny' infiltrating the drugs community in Worcester and over four months purchasing cocaine and heroin from many different dealers.
On Tuesday, 16 offenders were imprisoned and a further three yesterday, all for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. Following the lengthy hearing on Tuesday, Recorder Andrew Easteal said of Operation Dorado: "My admiration is enormous for the amount of work that has been done and how it was carried out by officers from West Mercia Police and the prosecuting team from the CPS.
"I would also like to express my thanks for the test purchase officer known as Danny for his work and for quite literally putting his life on the line."
Detective Inspector Carl Moore, who led the operation, said: "Operation Dorado was a complex and longstanding investigation that was launched following concerns raised by residents in Worcester, in particular about street dealing.
"Although the issue of drugs is no more of a problem in Worcester than it is elsewhere in the country, the unlawful supply of controlled drugs by organised gangs has a real impact on all of our communities. The misuse of drugs is a factor in many other types of crimes, for example burglary, and we are determined to deal with those who seek to profit from this type of organised criminality.
"Many different specialist departments and units have taken part in Dorado and we have worked closely with colleagues from West Midlands Police and British Transport Police, sharing intelligence and resources to ensure there is no hiding place for those intent on profiting from other people's misery."