Guns and ammo haul seized from drug gang

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By NEAL KEEL­ING neal.keel­[email protected]­i­tymir­ror.com @Neal­keel­ingMEN

THIS is the po­ten­tially-lethal fire power of a drugs gang op­er­at­ing in south Manch­ester.

Live am­mu­ni­tion, three re­volvers, and a de­ac­ti­vated Glock hand­gun were seized by po­lice.

The stash, which also in­cluded £16,000 in cash, scales, mix­ing agents, a kilo­gram of skunk cannabis, and a quar­ter kilo of co­caine, were hid­den at ad­dresses across the Chorl­ton district.

A painstak­ing sur­veil­lance op­er­a­tion by GMP act­ing on in­tel­li­gence re­sulted in the guns and bul­lets be­ing take off the streets. It also re­sulted in a five-strong crim­i­nal gang be­ing put be­hind bars.

As re­ported in the M.E.N. in

De­cem­ber 2018, Adil Choudhry, iden­ti­fied by po­lice as a long stand­ing mem­ber of an or­gan­ised crime group and Haider Ali were spot­ted en­ter­ing prop­er­ties on Wil­bra­ham Road and Northum­ber­land Cres­cent sev­eral times.

On Fe­bru­ary 13 this year, Mohsin Choudhry was seen by de­tec­tives go­ing into the Wil­bra­ham Road prop­erty.

CCTV footage showed two other mem­bers of the gang – Amaar Zul­fiqar and Hazara Singh – us­ing a key to let them­selves into the Wil­bra­ham Road prop­erty more than 30 times that month.

On Fe­bru­ary 28, war­rants were ex­e­cuted at prop­er­ties on Green Walk, Wil­bra­ham Road, Northum­ber­land Cres­cent and Bel­beck Street. A drugs fac­tory was dis­cov­ered by po­lice on Wil­bra­ham Road. A kilo­gram of skunk cannabis was found pack­aged in clear food bags, as well as a quar­ter kilo of co­caine.

Scales and mix­ing agents were found, was well as the Glock and two re­volvers.

Ali was found at his home on Green Walk and was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of con­spir­acy to sup­ply class A and class B drugs.

Asked if there was any­thing that could cause harm within the ad­dress, Ali pointed of­fi­cers to his bed­room, where they found a Smith and Wes­son re­volver con­tain­ing three live rounds of am­mu­ni­tion. Po­lice re­cov­ered around £6,000 cash hid­den in the cel­lar.

At Manch­ester Crown Court, Haider Ali, 25, of Green Walk, Whal­ley Range, was sen­tenced to 14 years for con­spir­acy to sup­ply class A and B con­trolled drugs; and pos­ses­sion of firearms and am­mu­ni­tion with in­tent to en­dan­ger life.

Adil Choudhry, 25, of Bel­beck Street, Bury, was sen­tenced to 14 years for con­spir­acy to sup­ply class A and B con­trolled drugs; and pos­ses­sion of firearms and am­mu­ni­tion. Hazara Singh, 22, of Up­per Chorl­ton Road, Old Traf­ford, was sen­tenced to four years for con­spir­acy to sup­ply class A and B con­trolled drugs.

Amaar Zul­fiqar, 23, of Lyn­d­hurst Road, Stret­ford, was sen­tenced to eight years for con­spir­acy to sup­ply class A and B con­trolled drugs.

Mohsin Choudhry, 24, of Northum­ber­land Cres­cent, Stret­ford, was sen­tenced to four years for pos­ses­sion with in­tent to sup­ply class A drugs.

Haider Ali

Hazara Singh

Amaar Zul­fiqar

Mohsin Choudhry

Adil Choudhry

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