THREE men from Solihull have been jailed for ‘cooking’ crack cocaine and supplying the drug across the West Midlands.
John Rahman, Jerome Grandison, Gurdev Singh were part of an organised crime gang with Holly Winders which were involved in the widespread supply of Class A drugs.
When officers from the Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) raided their Birmingham base we discovered 1.3kilogrammes of crack cocaine with a street value of £126,180 as well as wrappings from two kilogramme blocks of cocaine.
Police also discovered a crack cocaine cooking kit including scales and spoons and tins of Bicarbonate of Soda.
West Midlands Police arrested gang leader Rahman first and found three mobile phones on him and over £5,000 worth of cash.
Inside his BMW there was a further £31,000 in cash and the force later seized £130,000 recovered from his Highgate apartment.
Officers then forced entry into Winders’ flat in Langdon Walk, South Yardley, and found 1.3 kilogrammes of crack cocaine and a cooking kit with scales and spoons.
There was also two tins of Bicarbonate of Soda used in the cooking process.
Officers also found crack cocaine which had been recently cooked in the draws of the bedroom.
Rahman, aged 36, pleaded guilty to the charges of conspiracy to supply cocaine and money laundering while the other three were found guilty to the charges after a trial. All four were jailed at Birmingham Crown Court.
Rahman, from Durley Road, Yardley, was jailed for nine years and three months while 36-year-old Grandison, from Douglas Road, Acocks Green, was jailed for nine years.
Singh, aged 33, from Fordrough Lane, Bordesley Green, was jailed for six years and 30-year-old Winders was jailed for three years.
Chief Inspector Leanne Lowe, Command Senior Investigation Manager at ROCU, said “We’re focused on those thought to be involved in the highest levels of organised crime across our region.
“The conviction of these four defendants and sentence sends out a clear warning to others intent on supplying Class A drugs – we simply won’t tolerate it.”