Four members of a drugs gang have been jailed after a West Midlands Police investigation estimated they supplied heroin and cocaine worth £100,000s onto the streets of the Black Country.
Steven Narwain, from Sutton Road in Walsall, was the hands-on boss of the network.
He imported drugs from Amsterdam, controlled the group’s ‘drug hotline’ − which had more than 800 customer contacts − and personally delivered consignments to buyers in his BMW.
Friend Barinderpal Malhi used his Highbury Road home in Smethwick to receive drugs consignments, while brothers Randip and Hardip Daley acted as right-hand men and took the reins when Narwain was shopping for drugs on the Continent.
(pictured l/r Steven Narwain, Barinderpal Malhi, Randip Daley, Hardip Daley)
Over a 10-month period from December 2015 to October 2016 it’s suspected they plagued communities in Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley and Sandwell with a steady supply of Class A drugs.
Police enquiries led officers to a ‘safe house’ in Smethwick where drugs were stored − and from where links to Narwain and his associates were established.
And another warrant executed at a storage unit in Axletree Way, Wednesbury, uncovered a drug preparation set-up complete with scales and dealer bags. An electrical stun device disguised as a mobile phone was also found at the unit and examination of its instruction booklet revealed 25-year-old Narwain’s fingerprints.
The group initially denied conspiracy to supply drugs but Narwain, Malhi (44) and 27-year-old Randip Daley, from Clay Lane in Oldbury, entered guilty pleas during their court trial. Hardip Daley was found guilty by a jury.
Narwain also admitted possessing a disguised firearm − and at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Wednesday 19 July he was jailed for 10-and-a-half years for drugs supply plus a further two-and-a-half years for possessing the stun gun.
Barinderpal Malhi was handed an eight year jail term and the Daley brothers both given prison spells of seven years.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Daniel Halford, said: “We seized a phone that was effectively a Black Country drugs line… it was being extensively used and a drugs expert witness said it contained the largest drugs customer list he’d seen in 25 years.
“Steven Narwain ran the enterprise and was actively involved at all levels. He travelled to Amsterdam on 29 August and contacted Randip Daley asking him to transfer almost 8,000 Euros. He visited a Dutch post office and days later a 1.2kg package arrived at Highbury Road… it’s strongly suspected that was a drugs parcel.
“He’d previously had his fingers burned having been found carrying 33,000 Euros in cash at Birmingham Airport as he prepared to board a flight to Amsterdam. That money was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
“Our investigation has brought down a significant drugs supply chain, one that would have brought untold misery to people in Black Country communities. I’m pleased they’ve been handed lengthy jail terms; people need to understand that if they get involved in drug supply they face long stints behind bars.”
A Proceeds of Crime Act investigation will take place in due course to strip Narwain and other gang members of any cash or assets that can be linked to drug dealing.
Malhi’s son − 18-year-old Harnek Malhi − was found guilty of perverting the course of justice for hampering police efforts to trace his father and tipping off other group members.
Surinder Narwain − father of the ringleader − admitted the same charge having made efforts to disconnect the drug line phone while his son was on remand in prison.
They were handed suspended custodial sentences of 15- and 24-months respectively and both ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid community work.
Source:: West Midlands Police News