A Sandwell care worker who headed up a Birmingham Class A drugs supply network, and three of her drug runners from Frankley, were jailed at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday (14th February).
And it was a £20 drug drop in Northfield that first alerted police.
Charged with conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine, ringleader Tanya “Niki” Mangal, a 33 year old mother and care worker from Wednesbury, was jailed for eight and a half years.
Leanne Giles, 32, a care worker from Brightstone Road, Frankley was sentenced to 40 months in prison. Gile’s next-door neighbours Karminder Fenwick, 41, and boyfriend Darren Shale, 39, were jailed for three years and two years respectively.
Police first noticed the group’s activity when Fenwick was seen making a drop of two £10 wraps of heroin in St Heliers Road, Northfield. Further observations caught Giles, Fenwick & Shale carrying out a number of drops in Holly Hill Road and Brightstone Road, Frankley over the winter months. This included one November deal in which Giles spat out wraps of heroin and crack cocaine that she’d concealed under her tongue.
All 4 suspects were arrested in simultaneous raids on their homes as part of Operation Instrusive, which saw 39 arrests in June last year. Police searched all three addresses and recovered several phones, a client list of phone numbers, several drug wraps and paraphernalia including digital weighing scales.
The Class A drugs, heroine and crack cocaine, were found to be less than 20% pure and DNA on greaseproof paper packaging identified Mangal as the cutter.
Police estimate that Mangal made and received around 95,000 phone calls related to drugs over a 4 and a half month period and her network traded around £100,000 worth of Class A substances in that time.
South Birmingham Police Superintendent Alan Simmonds, said: “Mangal was undoubtedly the orchestrator of this network and used several different people to do her drugs donkey work. She was in a position of trust, someone employed to look after vulnerable people with mental and physical disabilities, but behind that respectable façade she was herself fueling crime and ruining people’s lives by peddling drugs.
And Supt Simmonds added: “Increasingly, people are telling us they won’t quietly put up with dealers and thieves in their communities; no-one should accept this type of criminality on their doorstep. We’re listening to people’s concerns, acting on the information they provide and together we’re removing offenders from neighbourhoods.”
He urged anyone who suspects drug dealing in their neighbourhood to call West Midlands Police on the 101 number, saying: “We take all reports of drugs dealing seriously and information from the public is crucial in building up an intelligence picture of who’s behind the supply.”
If you have any information on drugs crime in your area, call West Midlands Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111