A drug conspiracy that primarily targeted Nottingham students had dedicated phone lines, and single lines would receive dozens – if not hundreds – of calls, a court said.
The traffickers were so busy they worked shifts and, at the very least, there were four “drug line” phone numbers, Nottingham Crown Court prosecutor Jonathan Cox said on Thursday (December 16th).
In less than a year, during the conspiracy, the drug lines between them received 50,000 calls and messages or voicemail messages. The group also operated through social media on WhatsApp and iMessage.
“Business phone numbers” have been provided for customers to call.
Some phones were sending out mass and mass marketing messages daily, and the line was open at least 14 hours a day, connecting around noon and running until the early hours of the morning.
In an effort to expand their market, customers were offered discounts by sharing drug lines with others.
The group had their own business cards, targeting student events and clubs to increase sales.
The members of the group, who had different roles in the company, are due to be sentenced on Monday, December 20.
Speaking in court on Thursday, Mr Cox said: “The defendants face conviction following a police investigation into activities related to the supply of substantial amounts of illegal drugs to Nottingham.
“Much of the activity has focused on providing illegal drugs to students and efforts have been made to target this clientele and allow, according to the Crown, to exploit them.”
Driven by greed, he said, they were a group that had very large quantities to provide a selection of controlled drugs: cocaine, ecstasy in pill and crystal form – cannabis and ketamine – and had a Zanex supply line – the anti-depressant.
Two drug traffickers who boasted of having so much money that they filmed themselves throwing five dollars “in the trash” are among those convicted.
Video of Shakeel Amin, 29, of Grassington Road in Beechdale, and Zain Mushtaq, 22, of Thorncliffe Road in Mapperley, has been shown in connection with a court case involving nine people in connection with the drug conspiracy .
Mr Cox said Shakeel Amin was second behind Jamil Amin, another accused.
During a six-week trial, Derby Crown Court learned how the seizure of a single phone led detectives to launch the investigation which led to this group, led by Jamil Amin, 31, of Aspley Park Drive in Beechdale, to be brought to justice.
Officers found messages between the group on Mushtaq’s phone which revealed that they were involved in the supply of large amounts of Class A and B drugs.
Following the trial, three members of the group maintained their pleas of not guilty for conspiring to supply Class A and B drugs.
It was Jamil Amin; Saad Essa, 24, of Briar Road in Harrow; and Kieran Neilson, 22, of Colchester Road in Aspley, and all were found guilty by a jury.
Six other people pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply controlled drugs, including Shakeel Amin; Zain Mushtaq; Ben Jones, 26, homeless; Rabeena Kausser, 34, of Sudan Drive, The Meadows; and Heather McCrory, 27, of Larch Gardens in Bulwell.
One of the defendants will be sentenced later – and the others will be sentenced on December 20.
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