23 locals among 40 sentenced in Birmingham blitz on drug dealers

An entire family are among 40 people sentenced to 165 years behind bars in a Birmingham blitz on drug dealers and associated criminal behaviour.

A father, his brother and two sons are among those involved in a large-scale drugs network made to pay for dealing class A drugs.

The organised crime gang was targeted by undercover officers and their activity was disrupted after 44 people were arrested last year during a series of police raids. Numerous mobile phones and tens of thousands of pounds in cash were seized along with three kilos of heroin and crack cocaine, worth an estimated £250,000.

Codenamed Birmingham No Deal, the covert policing operation was months in the planning and was sparked by community concerns about blatant kerbside drug dealing.

“With so many people appearing in court, sentencing has taken place over several months,” said Detective Superintendent Richard Agar from Force CID.

“I hope this action sends a clear message that drug crime will not be tolerated. People need to understand the far-reaching consequences of their criminal actions. As part of our intervention and prevention programme, we began by giving users and dealers an opportunity to change their ways and warned them that if they didn’t we’d take action.

“Following months of meticulous planning and hard work we were able to develop the suspicions of the local community into information which we were able to use to obtain search warrants. We’ve painstakingly pieced the details together and as a result a large complex drugs network has been brought down.

“In addition to the legal proceedings, officers are now working with housing providers to evict or warn those people who lost their right to a home when they chose to make their neighbours lives a misery by dealing drugs or committing other crimes on their doorsteps.

“Our specialist Offender Management Unit is on standby ready for the release of those targeted by the operation. They will work closely with drugs workers and others to make sure all Birmingham No Deal nominals stay on the straight and narrow.”

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Pictured: Many faces of those sentenced to prison

Forty-four people were arrested in four days of co-ordinated swoops across Birmingham and the Black Country in September 2015.

Hundreds of police officers and police staff from across the West Midlands were involved in the initiative.

To share the news of the convictions, a giant mobile TV screen displaying the custody mugshots will tour the city tomorrow, (Sunday 20 November) in a bid to share this success with local communities and encourage more people to come forward with further information about criminals operating in the area.

To report those responsible for crime, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For advice and support breaking free from drugs visit West Midlands Police’s new Impact Pathways website − developed as part of WMP2020.

Raid footage

Details of those who live locally and were found or pleaded guilty as part of Birmingham No Deal between 7-11 November:

  • James Baker (M), 36, floor layer of Baxters Road, Shirley jailed for three years for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
  • Desmond Boulle (M), 50, labourer of Hebden Grove, Hall Green jailed for eight years and one month for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
  • James Floan (M), 36, unemployed of Kingsthorpe Road, Warstock jailed for three years for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
  • Steven Green (M), 36, unemployed of Yardley Wood Road, Yardley Wood jailed for six years for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
  • Ryan Green (M), 30, unemployed of Lakey Lane, Hall Green jailed for two years two months for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
  • Andrew Holvey (M), 34, unemployed of Prince of Wales Lane, Yardley Wood jailed for two years for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
  • Iftikhar Iqbal (M), 42, unemployed of Keddleston Road, Hall Green jailed for 10 years for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
  • Mohammed Iqbal (M), 26, unemployed of Painswick Road, Hall Green jailed for 10 years for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine and one year for driving whilst disqualified.
  • Junaid Khan (M), 20, unemployed of Painswick Road, Hall Green jailed for eight years for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
  • Masood Khan (M), 47, unemployed of Painswick Road, Hall Green jailed for 15 years for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
  • Sulaimaan Khan (M), 21, unemployed of Alexander Road, Acocks Green jailed for five years and ten months for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
  • David Monaghan (M), 44, unemployed of Hollybank Road, Billesley jailed for two years for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
  • Marc Morgan (M), 33, car valeter of Cherrington Road, Stirchley jailed for 22 months for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
  • Raja Mushtaq (M), 41, unemployed of Alexander Road, Acocks Green jailed for 26 months for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
  • Steven Canning (M), 60, construction worker of Highters Heath Lane, Yardley Wood jailed for two years and eight months for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
  • Kyle Gaye-Smith (M), 24, unemployed of Gayle Grove, Acocks Green jailed for three years for conspiracy to supply crack cocaine.
  • Noah Keye (M), 20, unemployed of The Centreway, Yardley Wood jailed for 28 months for supplying crack cocaine.
  • Lydia Mills (F), 30, unemployed of Claydon Grove, Yardley Wood jailed for two years suspended for two years with rehabilitation.
  • Steven Paris (M), 57, retired of Braceby Avenue, Billesley, jailed for two years and eight months for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
  • Joni Puncheon (M), 22, unemployed of Arrowfield Green, Kings Norton jailed for 32 months for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
  • Errol Terrelonge (M), 27, unemployed of Claydon Grove, Yardley Wood jailed for three years for supplying crack cocaine.
  • Joshua Wilson (M), 20, unemployed of Trafalgar Road, Moseley jailed for 43 months for supply crack cocaine and possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
  • Zahid Younis (M), 27, quality controller of Station Road, Kings Heath jailed for three years and six months for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.