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Drug dealers taken off Malvern streets

Following a detailed investigation by West Mercia Police, a dangerous drugs gang has been taken off the streets of Malvern and sentenced to a total of 18 years.

An investigation was initiated in response to increased regional drug related crime and violence. Four men and two boys pleaded guilty to drugs conspiracy charges and two to additional firearms offences. Following a two-day trial at Hereford Crown Court, one of the youths was also found guilty of a firearms offence.

The men were arrested following raids on properties in Malvern and Birmingham in May last year when cash, scales, mobile phones, firearms, ammunition and significant quantities of Class A drugs, including heroin and crack cocaine, were seized.

Nathan Salmon
Nathan Salmon
Nathan Salmon, aged 28 from Beauchamp Road, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin and to possession of ammunition. He was sentenced to a total of nine years:

  • Conspiracy to supply heroin - 7 years

  • Conspiracy to supply crack cocaine - 7 years, to serve concurrently

  • Possession of ammunition - 2 years, to serve consecutively.


Bilal Hussain
Bilal Hussain
Bilal Hussain, aged 19 from Barnesville Close, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply crack cocaine, heroin, and cannabis plus possession of ammunition and a prohibited weapon (revolver). He was sentenced to a total of five years in a young offender's institute:

  • Conspiracy to supply heroin - 2 years

  • Conspiracy to supply crack cocaine - 2 years, to serve concurrently

  • Possession of prohibited weapon - 3 years, to serve consecutively

  • Possession of ammunition - 2 years, to serve concurrently

  • Conspiracy to supply cannabis - 20 months, to serve concurrently.


Callum Foga, aged 25 from Norfolk Rd, Erdington, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin and was sentenced to two years suspended for two years, plus 30 days rehabilitation and 200 hours community service.

Christopher Wilce, aged 31 from Tarrington near Ledbury, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin and was sentenced to two years suspended for two years, plus 10 days rehabilitation and 100 hours community service.

A boy now aged 16 from Birmingham, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply crack, heroin, and cannabis and was sentenced to 24 months youth rehabilitation programme with an electronic curfew for three months between 8pm-7am.

A second boy, also now aged 16 from Birmingham, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply crack, heroin, and cannabis and was additionally found guilty after a trial of possessing a prohibited weapon (revolver) was given a youth rehabilitation order and a three month curfew.

Detective Chief Inspector Carl Moore said; "We are pleased with this result which is the culmination of many months investigation, working with colleagues across our region to tackle the problem of serious organised crime. West Mercia detectives and colleagues from neighbouring police forces worked together on this investigation as part of a national approach to tackling 'County Lines' crime whereby gangs travel from a large urban area to smaller locations to sell drugs.

"This gang operated out of Birmingham and Malvern, creating an environment of fear in areas of Malvern and coerced vulnerable people, including children, into involvement in drugs related crime.

"Thanks to the diligence of officers and other investigating staff as well as the support and cooperation of the local community, we have been able to reduce the availability of drugs and the threat of drug related violence in Malvern, and safeguarded more impressionable youngsters from getting involved in organised drug crime. I hope that this successful prosecution will encourage others who may have information regarding organised crime to come forward."

Anyone who has information about a crime can call West Mercia Police on 101. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org

 

Posted by Catherine Ainsworth, Operational Communications Officer

 

    Published 07/06/17