MEMBERS of a drugs gang operating in Leamington have been jailed for more than 30 years.
West Midlands Police smashed the gang’s operation which included running cocaine and heroin from Leeds and selling it on the streets of Leamington and neighbouring Coventry.
Ricci Walker, Samantha Clews, Samir Abdulrahman and Lloyd Archer were all given immediate prison terms when they appeared at court this week, while another defendant, Hamayon Mafozullah, will be sentenced at a later date.
Walker was sentenced to 14 years and six months for conspiracy to supply class A drugs, while Clews was handed a six-year sentence for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
Archer and Samir Abdulraham were sentenced to 31 months and 33 months for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
The police investigation saw Walker caught on camera dealing drugs in an alleyway, while teh gang also used teenagers to deal drugs throughout 2020.
In December that year, Walker was arrested while a passenger in a car being driven by Mahfozulla. A substantial amount of class A drugs were seized from the vehicle.
Following their arrest, a search was carried out at an address in Leamington which was being being used by the gang as a base for drug-dealing.
During the search, a large quantity of class A drugs was found, together with items including phones and weighing scales.
Archer, who had had been running the Leamington base on Walker’s behalf, was arrested at the property.
Det Sgt Sarah Evans said: “This was a sophisticated system of drug dealing which relied on transporting vast amounts of class A drugs across the region.
“This type of offending nearly always relies on the exploitation of vulnerable people, including those who transport the drugs and those who buy them.
“Thanks to some excellent investigative work by the officers involved, we were able to break up and put an end to this group’s network.”