Four men have been jailed for the production of more than £300,000 worth of Spice and other drugs.
On Monday 22 January 2018, the following men were sentenced to a collective 19 years at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing:
- Milad Finn (12/02/88) of Haddon Road, Stockport has been sentenced to 9 years for conspiracy to produce a psychoactive substance, handling stolen goods, encouraging or assisting in the production of Class A or Class B drugs and breaching a serious crime prevention order.
- Keith Robinson (14/07/64) of Manchester Road, Oldham has been sentenced to 6 years for conspiracy to produce a psychoactive substance and encouraging or assisting in the production or supply of Class A or B drugs.
- Jamie English (23/03/81) of Richmond Avenue, Royton, has been sentenced to 20 months for encouraging or assisting in the production or supply of Class A or Class B drugs.
- Hassan Dehani (15/10/90) of Lynton Avenue, Oldham has been sentenced to 17 months for encouraging or assisting in the production or supply of Class A or Class B drugs.
As part of an ongoing investigation into the supply and production of drugs in Oldham, officers uncovered Finn, Robinson, English and Dehani’s illicit dealings.
It soon became apparent that the four were responsible for the production and supply of illegal drugs including cocaine, methylampetamine and synthetic cannabinoids, commonly known as Spice.
Between July 2016 and March 2017, they sourced the chemicals and equipment needed to produce illegal drugs by establishing companies that could legitimately purchase restricted chemicals.
They used fictional names, as well as email accounts and falsified documents, to disguise their illegal activities and avoid detection by the police.
On Tuesday 7 March 2017, officers executed warrants at residential properties and storage units across Oldham and Stockport.
At Robinson’s house they discovered laboratory equipment and chemicals used to manufacture synthetic drugs, as well as a large amount of heroin.
Twenty kilograms of Spice were recovered from the flat with a street value of £300,000, making it GMP’s biggest ever seizure of the substance.
Finn, Robinson and English were arrested and officers discovered that they had used anti-forensic software to cover their digital footprint while researching the drug manufacture process online.
Dehani’s involvement in the operation was later identified and on 3 August 2017 he was arrested.
Detective Chief Inspector James Faulkner from GMP’s Oldham borough, said: “Finding these men stopped thousands of pounds worth of potentially lethal drugs flooding our streets.
“They were so committed to producing these dangerous drugs that these men lied and deceived to hide their behaviour, which they knew was breaking the law.
“It’s thanks to the proactive work of Oldham’s dedicated Challenger team that we were able to uncover the dangerous and illegal activities of these men and hold them to account.
“They will now spend several years behind bars, forced to face the consequences of their deceitful and dangerous drug operation.”