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Drug dealers who targeted Liverpool's night life sentenced

|News, Drug offences

Fourteen of sixteen defendants have been jailed for a total of 47 years following a conspiracy to sell drugs in the heart of Liverpool’s night time economy. The remaining two men will be sentenced at a later date.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) showed that most of the men, some of whom were just 16 when they were working as prolific drug dealers, targeted people visiting pubs and clubs in the Concert Square and Wood Street area of Liverpool city centre.

The prosecution was the result of Operation Serobin, launched by Merseyside Police, following a number of concerns raised by both people living in the area and those running bars there.

Undercover police worked in the area from 1 October 2018 to 16  May 2019 and witnessed both the drug dealing but also the criminal, violent and anti-social behaviour that flowed from it.

The dealers tended to operate on the pavement outside of the Hardman Pizza shop and the recessed entrance to a car park in Fleet Street. They dealt mainly in cocaine but also had ketamine, MDMA, heroin and many forms of cannabis available for sale.

The gang had no hesitation in also “scamming” the customers who seemed weak or vulnerable and sold powders such as crushed paracetamol, benzocaine or caffeine instead of cocaine, to maximize the gang's profits.

They would “broadcast” messages to customers via a number of mobile phones and, during the period of the investigation, a total of 13,599 of these were sent out.

As time went on and they became more confident, they took to simply strolling through the crowds in the popular night-time area, offering drugs for sale.

The undercover police officers soon discovered how quickly and easily they would be approached and offered cocaine by the dealers.

Operation Serobin ended with the arrest and searches of the home addresses of the Defendants on the 16 May 2019.

The defendants are:

1. LEWIS BRAMOH, 19, from Jermyn Street, Toxteth, Liverpool. Senior Figure in the Conspiracy.  He was convicted of count 1 after trial. Pleaded guilty to count 6 on the 28 October 2019. Sentenced to 7 years and 2 months in a Young Offenders Institution.
2. HAITHAM ALASALY, 20, Corinto Street, Toxteth. Significant figure in the conspiracy and a prolific drug dealer. Pleaded guilty to counts 1, 5 and 11. Sentenced to 12 months in a Young Offenders Institution.
3. ABDUL KADIR, 23, Liffey Street, Toxteth. Prolific street dealer and close associate of Lewis Bramoh. Pleaded guilty to Count 1. Guilty of Counts 2, 3 and 4. Jailed for 6 years.
4. RYAN BROWN, 19, Esmond Street, Anfield. Pleaded guilty to counts 1 and 4. He also pleaded guilty to affray and threatening with a blade. Sentenced to 6 years and 2 months in a Young Offenders Institution.
5. JUSTIN SEBASTIAN, 19, Lennon Drive, Walton. Pleaded guilty to Count 1. Jailed for 3 years and 4 months.
6. ABDULHALIM BABA SEIDU, 30, Princess Road, Toxteth. Convicted after trial to Count 1. Pleaded guilty to counts 7, 8, 9 and 10. Jailed for 6 years
7. WILLIAM DESCHAMP, 44, no fixed abode. He was convicted of count 1 by the jury. Jailed for 5 years.
8. JAMES QUICK, 19, Irwell Close, Aigburth. He was acquitted of count 1 by the jury but convicted on count 3, offering to supply a controlled drug of Class A.
9. A 17-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons was convicted of count 1 after trial. He also pleaded guilty to possession of a blade. Sentenced to 24 month supervision,180 Day rehabilitation activity requirement, 6 month electronically monitored curfew following the 180 day activity requirement where the defendant is not to enter L1 and L8.
10. BADRULDIN AHMED, 20, Whittier Street, Toxteth. Pleaded guilty to Count 1. To be sentenced on 14 February 2020.
11. A 18-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons pleaded guilty to count 1. Sentenced to 2 years in a Young Offenders Institution, suspended for 2 years. 60 days Rehabilitation Activity.
12. ALEXANDER FAIRCLOUGH, 19, Walton Village, Walton. Pleaded guilty to Count 1. Sentenced to 4 years and 6 months in a Young Offenders Institution.
13. IBRAHIM FOX, 28, Geraint Street, Toxteth. He pleaded guilty to counts 1 and 2. jailed for 4 years and 6 months.
14. MOHAMMED JAMA, 34. Pleaded guilty to counts 5 and 12. Sentenced to 16 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months. Must do 20 days of a Rehabilitation Activity.
15. VITO MORGAN, 19, Holly Street, Manchester. He pleaded guilty to counts 1 and 2. Sentenced to 27 months in a Young Offenders Institution.
16. YUSUF OMAR, 26, Geraint Street, Toxteth. Pleaded guilty to counts 1 and 3. To be sentenced on 14 February 2020.

Neil Colville, District Crown Prosecutor with CPS Mersey Cheshire, said: “These men worked with one another to ensure that cocaine was readily available to the throngs of revellers who flood into Liverpool’s Concert Square area in the late night and early hours of the morning.

“Some were successful drug dealers in their own right, others leant themselves to the operation for the financial gains available. The cooperation took many forms. There was undoubtedly strength in numbers.  Some would keep lookout, one would hold the drugs while another sold them. Stocks were kept separately and in some safer place to minimise exposure if caught.

“Some conspirators expanded their business by introducing graft phones which others used on their behalf and some members of the gang would sometimes travel into the city centre to help the others out.

“As is usually the case, assaults and violence were part of the men’s work. Two of them were involved in a knife fight in a nearby McDonalds takeaway in the early evening, in full view of families and children.

“All of it was totally unacceptable and entirely illegal. The city of Liverpool has a thriving night life that is important to the economy of the city. Men such as these turn what should be a fun and sociable atmosphere into a dark and threatening one.

“The Crown Prosecution Service, working with Merseyside Police, has again been responsible for  putting the people who decide to get involved in this sort of criminality behind bars.”

Notes to editors

  • Counts:
    • 1. CONSPIRACY TO SUPPLY A CONTROLLED DRUG OF CLASS A TO ANOTHER, Contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977
    • 2. SUPPLYING A CONTROLLED DRUG OF CLASS A TO ANOTHER, contrary to section 4(3)(a) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
    • 3. OFFERING TO SUPPLY A CONTROLLED DRUG OF CLASS A TO ANOTHER, contrary to section 4(3)(a) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
    • 4. OFFERING TO SUPPLY A CONTROLLED DRUG OF CLASS A TO ANOTHER, contrary to section 4(3)(a) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
    • 5. OFFERING TO SUPPLY A CONTROLLED DRUG OF CLASS A TO ANOTHER, contrary to section 4(3)(a) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
    • 6. POSSESSING A CONTROLLED DRUG OF CLASS B WITH INTENT, contrary to section 5(3) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
    • 7. POSSESSING A CONTROLLED DRUG OF CLASS A WITH INTENT, contrary to section 5(3) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
    • 8. POSSESSING A CONTROLLED DRUG OF CLASS B WITH INTENT, contrary to section 5(3) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
    • 9. POSSESSING A CONTROLLED DRUG OF CLASS B WITH INTENT, contrary to section 5(3) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
    • 10. POSSESSING CRIMINAL PROPERTY, contrary to section 329(1)(c) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
    • 11.POSSESSING A CONTROLLED DRUG OF CLASS A WITH INTENT, contrary to section5(3) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
    • 12.BEING CONCERNED IN SUPPLYING A CONTROLLED DRUG OF CLASS A TO ANOTHER, contrary to section 4(3)(b) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

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