Omar was ‘leading player’ in gang
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.