Sor­did world of ad­dic­tion

Macclesfield Express - - DRUG DEALERS SENTENCED -

FLANA­GAN ruth­lessly ruled a team of drug deal­ers be­cause of their own ad­dic­tions, a court heard.

The lead­ing dealer, Michael Green, 36, was a home­less al­co­holic who had spent half his life battling drug ad­dic­tion.

Green was ap­proached di­rectly by Flana­gan to deal for him and earned £160 per day.

He col­lected stock from Flana­gan’s home ad­dress and sold the drugs on the streets. He sold to un­der­cover of­fi­cers three times be­tween Jan­uary and April last year.

For his role, Green claimed he was paid in drugs and got no fi­nan­cial re­wards. The court heard that he ‘bigged up his role in the or­gan­i­sa­tion through fear and bravado’.

Green’s most murky role was to drag his vul­ner­a­ble 18-year-old step­son Thomas Jack­son into the crim­i­nal op­er­a­tion. At the time Green and Jack­son were both home­less and liv­ing in a tent. Green em­ployed Jack­son as his as­sis­tant pay­ing him with ‘tokes of the crack pipe’.

Shirley Kelly, de­fend­ing, said: “Green has spent half his life addicted to drugs. He al­lowed Jack­son to be present in the sale of drugs and deeply re­grets al­low­ing his in­volve­ment.”

Drug run­ner David Hunter, 36, was ‘sucked’ into Flana­gan’s gang when he got into debt.

He drove an Audi and Ford Fo­cus to Liver­pool to col­lect drugs. Police mon­i­tored 72 trips but Hunter claims only 20 were for Flana­gan’s busi­ness.

Myles Wil­son, de­fend­ing, said: “He was sucked into the world of drugs.

“He lost his home and his girl­friend and built up a debt.”

Drug dealer Joseph McGuire was so des­per­ate to get out of Flana­gan’s gang he at­tempted to rob a bank. The 38-year-old sup­plied un­der­cover of­fi­cers eight times be­tween Septem­ber and De­cem­ber.

Martin Callery, de­fend­ing, said: “He had a bad drug ad­di­tion and was so des­per­ate to get out of this life­style he at­tempted

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