Defendants ‘were not major players’
The court was told none of the defendants had previously beenconvictedof drug offences.
Joseph McKenna, defending Omar, said: “He did not play a leading role, he attended at drop offs, which logically is the role of someone lower down the chain, given the danger that entails of getting caught.”
Mr McKenna said Omar - who ran a shop in the city - became involved in the conspiracy as he had racked up a debt selling illicit tobacco.
Jon Mitchell, defending Khalil, said his client had a lower role than Omar, as he had worked as an employee at the shop.
He said: “He owed Omar money. He was involved in a car crash, andOmarpaidfor the cost of the repair. There is no suggestion of extravagance.”
Azza Brown, defending Aziz, said: “He did not play a significantrole. Hewasoperating the stash car, and then manned the phones. He was paid £150 per week to be a runner, and £200 per week to sit in Brookfurlong.”