Man who ran drug em­pire from his jail cell sent to Strangeways

North Wales Weekly News - - NEWS - Daily Post Re­porter tom.david­son@trin­i­tymir­

A DRUG dealer who ran his illegal em­pire from be­hind bars is now in a Cat­e­gory A prison to stop him re­of­fend­ing.

When Paul David Wil­liams was con­victed of con­spir­acy to sup­ply both Class A and B drugs, Judge Niclas Parry branded it a “scan­dal” that he was able to run the elab­o­rate net­work from his cell at HMP Dove­g­ate.

Our sis­ter pa­per The Daily Post re­vealed Wil­liams, of Bel­mont Street, Ban­gor, is now at HMP Manch­ester as a Cat­e­gory A pris­oner – re­served for crim­i­nals who are the high­est risk to the gen­eral public.

Wil­liams, 41, was moved into the prison, for­merly known as HMP Strangeways, ahead of the Op­er­a­tion Mea­sure trial ear­lier this year.

Now sen­tenced to an ad­di­tional 19 years, he will be kept as a Cat­e­gory A pris­oner for the fore­see­able fu­ture.

Last week Hy­wel Wil­liams MP said he would write to the Home Sec­re­tary to find out how Wil­liams was able to run his em­pire be­hind bars for the sec­ond time – he was con­victed of the same of­fence in 2011.

Mr Wil­liams MP said: “Surely some­body should have no­ticed, es­pe­cially given this man has a history of run­ning his drugs oper­a­tions from prison.

“There are se­ri­ous ques­tions to be an­swered. We need to know se­cu­rity in these pris­ons is fool­proof.”

Wil­liams was able to con­tinue of­fend­ing while serv­ing time at the Stafford­shire jail, which is pri­vately run by se­cu­rity com­pany Serco.

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