A Chorlton organised crime group. Who were prepared to use guns to protect their drug dealing enterprise, have been jailed.
On 11 January 2017, following a lot of intelligence. Officers from GMP’s Xcalibre Task Force and Challenger Team executed a warrant. At a house on Stanton Street, Gorse Hill. Discovering 3.25kg of high purity cocaine and a Taser disguised as a police torch.
Mohammed Dhiya Ali of Gorse Hill. Admitted to having the stun gun and the drugs. Which he intended to sell on. He was jailed for more than nine years in March 2017.
It was as a result of the warrant that the group unravelled. With examination of Ali’s mobile phone leading officers directly to Choudhry Kamran Altaf of Old Trafford, Fahad Rasul of Chorlton and Raheel Rehman of Chorlton – the head of the conspirators.
The next month. A series of warrants were executed at their houses, adding to the original seizure.
Under Altaf’s bed was a functioning Makarov pistol with a silencer and seven bullets. Commonly known as an assassin’s kit.
As soon as Raheel saw the police, he sent a message to Ihitsham Raja of Chorlton and Mohammed Zia Muni of Whalley Range instructing them to dispose of drugs. Also other items linked to their illicit activity by texting ‘Feds at mine ged ridz.’
Although he was able to give his criminal colleagues the heads up. It was too late for Rasul and officers found £6,700 in cash along with some cannabis in his bedroom.
Less than a week later, a search warrant executed at Munir’s home. Uncovered 1.75kg of cannabis, 180g of cocaine and 32 rounds of 7.62 ammunition.
He admitted to allowing the group to use his garage as a safe location for drugs. Which was verified by forensic enquiries and ultimately gave officers enough evidence to execute their final warrant. At Raja’s house a couple of months later.
£1,000 in cash was added to the overall seizure. As well as a mobile phone which had a photo of a kilogram block of cocaine on it that had been taken at Ali’s house.
Once all were in custody. Officers uncovered the true extent of their dealings with Rehman ordering the others to arm themselves with guns to protect the enterprise. Whenever they had drugs or cash on them; ‘Get a piece you got bare doh on u.’
Friday 16 February 2018. Four of the group were jailed for almost 32 years at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square.
Ali was previously sentenced to nine years and seven months and Altaf will be sentenced on 23 March 2018.