Omar was ‘lead­ing player’ in gang


The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

Judge En­right was asked to say­wha­troleea­chofthe­gang had­playedinthe­con­spir­acy, and how high up the chain each mem­ber was. He said Omar had played a lead­ing role, but the other mem­bers of the gang had all played a sig­nif­i­cant role - and­saidA­taandTa­heer­i­had both­been­just­street­deal­ers, rather than hav­ing a ma­jor in­flu­ence in the de­ci­sion mak­ing. Philip Farr, de­fend­ing Ta­heeri, said: “He was a stan­dard street dealer. “He was not seen in pos­ses­sion of a large quan­tity of drugs. He was get­ting paid £50 or £60 per week to be a foot sol­dier.” James Hay, de­fend­ing Ata, said: “He is 20-years-old. He was a small cog in a large wheel - and he had no idea the size of the wheel.” Gra­ham Arnold, de­fend­ing Kol­lu­dra, said:” He is a naive young man, who was ex­ploited.”

A court hear­ing to look at pro­ceeds of crime, and any as­sets that can­be­tak­en­from the con­spir­a­tors will be­held at a later date at Peter­bor­ough Crown Court.

At the next hear­ing, a j udge will also con­sider whichitems­seized­by­po­lice, in­clud­ing the drugs, mo­bile phones an­dother para­pher­na­lia, should­be­for­feit­edand de­stroyed.

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