A drug lord who had a numberplate that read 'BO55' and splashed out on a £34,000 Rolex has been jailed for 15 years.
Jordan Clements, the head of a drug gang, drove around in his plush Mercedes and bought a luxury £313,000 villa in Dubai.
The 27-year-old had a 'safe house' in Oldham where he distributed wholesale quantities of drugs with an Uzi sub-machine gun stashed under the stairs, reports the Manchester Evening News.
His second in command Anthony Frost, 27, ran the city centre cocaine supply operation out of his £1,800-a-month luxury apartment in the Northern Quarter.
Now their lives of luxury have been brought to an end.
The pair have been handed long jail sentences alongside three other men – Nathan Lee, 31, Mohammed Sarwar, 27, and Marcel Madden, 25.
Sentencing the men, Judge Hilary Manley said: "This was a large scale, organised and efficient conspiracy to to traffick wholesale quantities of class A drugs.
"Large profits were made, particularly by you Jordan Clements as reflected in your ability to enter into a sale agreement to purchase a property in Dubai and wearing a £34,000 Rolex watch."
The judge went on that Manchester like other places around the country suffered from the 'blight' caused by criminal gangs who profited from drug dealing.
Earlier, Alaric Bassano, prosecuting, told Manchester Crown Court: "From early June 2018 to late September 2018 the four defendants, excluding Madden, were part of an organised crime group engaged in the trafficking of wholesale quantities of class A drugs.
"Several kilos of such drugs were trafficked. The value was substantial and the profits handsome."
At the top of the gang was the 'high living' Jordan Clements.
Police began an operation into his gang in June 2018 by conducting secret surveillance on his 'safe house', a humble terraced home in Whitefield.
Officers watched as Clements and co-defendants Sarwar and Frost made regular visits to the home before carrying out a raid a month later, seizing drugs worth up to £1m on the streets.
In a locked cupboard under the stairs, officers found almost three kilos of cocaine mixed with adulterants together with crack cocaine with a street value up to £408,000, heroin worth up to £430,000 and a kilo of high-purity ecstasy said to be worth as much as £86,000 when sold on.
Also uncovered were scales, gloves, spoons, a bowl, packaging and a pan for 'cooking up' crack cocaine.
They also found an Uzi sub-machine gun, a magazine and 47 rounds of ammunition in a bag, also hidden in the cupboard under the stairs.
Clements wasn't at the address but, following a flurry of telephone calls, he flew to Malaga the next day, the court heard.
Despite the raid, the drug supply operation continued and police watched on as Frost, Lee and Clements – who returned from Spain – went about their lucrative drugs business.
Lee and Frost were seen frequently seen going in and out of a luxury two-bed apartment in the Northern Quarter.
Frost could afford to pay £1,800-a-month for his rented pad.
By chance Clements' Mercedes was stopped by police for an unconnected matter on August 30, 2018.
Wearing a £34,000 Rolex watch, Clements was at the wheel and while Frost and Madden were passengers. In the boot police found £10,000 in cash as well as three mobile phones protected by encryption software.
Also on board was a purchase agreement in Clements' name for a £313,000 property in Dubai.
When police raided Frost's Northern Quarter apartment in September 2018, officers found a 'significant cocaine distribution' operation as well as £34,000 in cash stuffed in a bag and debtor lists.
They also found a knuckle-duster and a BB gun as well as a wardrobe full of designer gear worth £7,000 and a cash-counting machine.
When they moved to arrest the conspirators, police found that Clements had used four encrypted mobile phones while they also uncovered two machetes and a baseball bat when they raided Madden's home in Miles Platting, as well as evidence of drug dealing.
In all six encrypted mobile phones were seized but police could only decrypt one of them, revealing drug-related communication between Clements and others. In one message Frost laments 'gonna have to put my prices up'.
There is discussion about 'wages' and 'paper', the latter believed to be a slang reference to cash.
A financial investigation showed that clements had already paid two of ten monthly installments for a £313,000 apartment in Dubai while he was also shelling out £350-per-month to lease his Mercedes.
The Mercedes had a personalised reg 'BO55 NGR'.
Prosecutor Mr Bassano said Clements was at the top of the gang's hierarchy so the number plate was 'not mere bravado'.
Andrew Nuttall, defending Clements, said his client knew the Uzi was at the house in Whitefield, but denied it was his. The court heard it was not in working order but could be easily fixed.
Jonathan Turner, defending Frost, said his client, who has a child, had worked as a crane controller earning £1,300 per week and so he was already used to an extravagant lifestyle. Frost's parents had disowned him, he said.
Richard Vardon, defending Lee, told the court his client's personality had changed since suffering a brain injury in a motorbike accident two years ago. He had acted as a 'courier'.
The court heard that Sarwar and Madden had not enjoyed any of the 'trappings' of the operation although they had taken part.
Clements 27, of Byron Terrace in Failsworth, was jailed for 15 years after he admitted three counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, possessing a prohibited firearm and possessing criminal property.
He had a series of previous convictions to his name including for dealing class A drugs, having served a previous five year sentence.
Anthony Frost, 27, of Ashton House in the Northern Quarter, was imprisoned for eight years and four months after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and possessing criminal property.
He also had previous drug trafficking convictions to his name.
Nathan Lee, 31, of Lawton Moor Road in Northenden, was jailed for six years and nine months. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs. He also had previous drugs offences relating to cannabis to his name.
Mohammed Sarwar, 27, of Enver Road in Crumpsall, was jailed for six years and nine months after he admitted three counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs. He also had previous class A drug offences to his name.
Marcel Madden, 25, of Weybridge Road in Miles Platting, was jailed for four years and three months after he admitted guilty to possessing class A drugs with intent to supply. He had previous convictions including for possessing a firearm. He was out of prison on licence at the time he became involved in the racket.
Clements and Frost had time added to their sentences after they admitted failing to provide the the passwords to their encrypted phones when ordered to do so.
The defendants showed no reaction as they were taken down to begin their sentences by dock officers.
One member of their families sobbed in the public gallery.
Detective inspector Lee Griffin of GMP’s Serious and Organised Crime Group, said: “During the course of the investigation the group were observed and the key players responsible for conspiring to bring multiple kilos of cocaine, heroin and MDMA to the streets of Manchester were soon identified.
“Drugs are destructive and blight our communities, and as a result of this operation these men are now behind bars where they should be.
“If you have any information about this type of criminality in your community then come forward to police so that we can tackle this issue and make our streets a safer place to be.”
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