De­fen­dants ‘were not ma­jor play­ers’

De­fence

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

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.”

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