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Jail for leader of drug gang

A GANG-leader whose operation flooded the streets with over £3m of cocaine has been jailed for ten years.

A GANG-leader whose operation flooded the streets with over £3m of cocaine has been jailed for ten years.

Nathanial Thomas, 29, of Chelmsley Wood, headed-up a huge network supplying the Class A drug.

Jobless Thomas had used his cash to buy jewellery, cars and properties in Dubai and the UK.

When he was arrested, he had £4000 and a restraining order has been placed on £70,000 of assets.

Last week, Thomas and nine others were put behind bars - between them they will serve over 45 years.

The network was torn apart following a two-and-a-half year investigation by West Midlands Police.

From June 2008-December 2010, detectives gathered evidence against the key members.

Det Insp Martin Brennan, from Force CID, welcomed the sentences slapped on the main players.

“We have quite literally ripped apart a network involved in the supply of millions of pounds of cocaine,” he said.

Also jailed was mum-of-three Pauline Raughter, who actually mixed and bagged up the drugs in front of her children.

Raughter, 32, of The Ring, Yardley, had done the work at her kitchen table, using the youngsters’ bowls and spoons.

When she was arrested, officers discovered a kilo of cocaine, worth £40,000, and six empty kilo cases.

At Birmingham Crown Court last Monday, she was handed a six year prison sentence.

Mark Chambers, 42, of Brook Lane, Olton, received a 15 month jail sentence.

Other members of the gang were based in South Yardley, Tile Cross, Wylde Green and Sutton Coldfield.

 

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