Birmingham gang jailed for a total of 27 years after police find drugs, cash in raid

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The four people were involved in conspiracy to cook and sell drugs from a home in South Yardley

Three men and a woman have been jailed for more than 27 years in total for “cooking” crack cocaine and supplying the drug across the West Midlands. The police found 1.3kgs of crack cocaine at a raid on their base.

The four people - John Rahman, Jerome Grandison, Gurdev Singh and Holly Winders - were part of an organised crime gang which were involved in the widespread supply of Class A drugs. They were involved in conspiracy to cook and sell drugs from the home of Winders, in Langdon Walk, South Yardley.

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West Midlands Police’ Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) raided their Birmingham base and discovered 1.3 kilogrammes of crack cocaine with a street value of £126,180 as well as wrappings from two kilogramme blocks of cocaine.

Police also discovered a crack cocaine cooking kit including scales and spoons and tins of Bicarbonate of Soda.

Police arrested gang leader Rahman first. He had three mobile phones on him and over £5,000 worth of cash. Inside his BMW there was a further £31,000 in cash and they later seized £130,000 recovered from his Highgate apartment.

Officers then forced entry into the flat in Langdon Walk and found 1.3 kilogrammes of crack cocaine. They found a complete crack cocaine cooking kit, scales and spoons. The kitchen area of the flat had been prepared for the “cooking” of the Class A drug. They found a blue carrier bag and inside was the wrappings from two kilogramme blocks of cocaine.

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Holly Winders, John Rahman, Jerome Grandison, and Gurdev Singh (Photo - West Midlands Police)Holly Winders, John Rahman, Jerome Grandison, and Gurdev Singh (Photo - West Midlands Police)
Holly Winders, John Rahman, Jerome Grandison, and Gurdev Singh (Photo - West Midlands Police) | west midlands police

There was also two tins of Bicarbonate of Soda used in the cooking process. Officers also found crack cocaine which had been recently cooked in the draws of the bedroom.

West Midlands Police said: “Winders later turned up at her address and was arrested by officers. We later arrested Singh and Grandison for their involvement in the conspiracy.”

Rahman, aged 36, pleaded guilty to the charges of conspiracy to supply cocaine and money laundering while the other three were found guilty to the charges after a trial. All four were jailed at Birmingham Crown Court.

Rahman, from Durley Road, Yardley, was jailed for nine years and three months while 36-year-old Grandison, from Douglas Road, Acocks Green, was jailed for nine years.

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Singh, aged 33, from Fordrough Lane, Bordesley Green, was jailed for six years and 30-year-old Winders was jailed for three years.

Chief Inspector Leanne Lowe, Command Senior Investigation Manager at ROCU, said “We’re focused on those thought to be involved in the highest levels of organised crime across our region.

“The conviction of these four defendants and sentence sends out a clear warning to others intent on supplying Class A drugs – we simply won’t tolerate it.”