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West Mercia: Operation Dorado Nets West Midland Drug Dealing Gang

September 26, 2012, 1:25 pm

Mohammed BashirAn organised crime group supplying heroin and crack cocaine from Birmingham into Worcester were the latest drug dealers to be jailed today as part of a major operation by West Mercia Police.

Three men, one from Birmingham and two from Worcester, were sentenced at Worcester Crown Court by Judge Patrick Thomas.

  • Mohammed Bashir, aged 45 of Madehurst Rd, Erdington, Birmingham, was sentenced to four years;
  • Liam O’Rourke aged 26 of Millhams Avenue, Lyppard Woodgreen, Worcester, was sentenced to three years;
  • Darren Morris, aged 39 of Wylds Lane, Worcester, was sentenced to 20 months;

Mohammed Illyas, aged 18 of Davey Road, Birmingham, is due to be sentenced tomorrow.

Liam O’RoukeOperation Dorado saw the force’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit target the supply of heroin and cocaine to local dealers in Worcester by organised crime groups from the West Midlands.

It 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.

‘Danny’ made contact with Morris, a local drug addict who introduced him to O’Rouke and through him Bashir, and Illyas, who were purchasing drugs in Birmingham and travelling to Worcester to distribute them.

Today’s sentences follow the imprisonment yesterday of 16 further offenders, all for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, and a further seven are expected tomorrow.

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.

“During this investigation we specifically targeted those organising the drug supply in order that we could have the biggest impact on those who were profiting the most.

“Dorado aimed to not just tackle street dealers but the organised crime groups who were supplying them with heroin and cocaine, many of them working out of Birmingham and the Black Country.

“I hope that the sentences being handed out at court will serve as a real deterrent to others involved in the supply of controlled drugs.

“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.”

Those sentenced yesterday were:

  • Richard Johnson, date of birth 02/02/1978, Barbourne Road, Worcester, was sentenced to five years and four months imprisonment;
  • Mohammed Sadiq, 06/04/1986, Wavers Marston, Birmingham, was sentenced to five years and four months;
  • Rohan Hanchard-Kerr, 20/06/1991, Clark Road, Wolverhampton, was sentenced to four years and four months;
  • Muddsiar Shabir, 29/07/1980, Friesland Close, Worcester, was sentenced to three years and eight months.
  • Neil Jones, 28/08/1978, Doverdale Close, Redditch, was sentenced to three years and six months.
  • Jamal Al Ghani (Previously John Harriott), 12/09/1987, Nibley Close, Warndon, Worcester, was sentenced to three years.
  • Mohammed Khaled Hussain, 21/10/1987, Arboretum Road, Worcester, was sentenced to three years.
  • Matthew Wright, 15/05/1986, Tolladine Road, Worcester, was sentenced to two years and ten months.
  • Cheryl Mapp, 22/07/1981, Doverdale Close, Redditch, was sentenced to two years and ten months.
  • Simon Sliwinski, 02/08/1972, No Fixed Abode, was sentenced to two years.
  • John-Pierre Francis, 03/06/1977, Wylds Lane, Worcester, was sentenced to two years.
  • Gary Griffin, 01/08/1979, Crickley Drive, Worcester, was sentenced to 20 months.
  • Michael Juson, 16/04/1967, Of No Fixed Abode, was sentenced to 20 months.
  • Leighton Bowkett, 17/05/1973, Brookthorpe Close, Warndon, Worcester, was sentenced to 20 months.
  • Mark Machae, 17/08/1973, Gresham Rd, Dines Green, Worcester, was sentenced to 20 months.
  • Jason George, 31/12/1983, Sansome Walk, Worcester, was sentenced to 16 months.

 
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