The faces of the grenade drug gang that triggered the mass evacuation of Stretford

These are the faces of the drug gang that triggered a mass evacuation of Stretford after grenades, firearms and drugs were found in an apartment block. Nathan Morgan, 37, Brian Day, 50, Gareth Curtis, 45, and Sarah Tervet, 43, were jailed after a series of police swoops at the Milton Close apartments.

Minshull Street Crown Court heard that Morgan led the group and was entrusted by the senior members of the organized crime gang to store the weapons and produce and supply Class A and B drugs. While living in one of the apartments, he also had keys to other apartments, one of which was used as a ‘drug factory’ and two others contained weapons and grenades in exterior cupboards.

However, after a series of armed seizures in January last year, the conspiracy crumbled when officers found four grenades, three firearms and ammunition as well as heroin and cocaine worth between £ 50,000 and £ 100,000. Today (April 25), the group was jailed for a total of over 42 years.

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In a sentencing, Judge John Potter said: “Four are members of an organized criminal group based in the Stretford area of ​​south Manchester. The group existed to produce and supply Class A and Class B drugs on the streets. in this city and no doubt also outside.

“As is not uncommon for such groups, this group had access to firearms and ammunition as well as hand-held explosive devices. These items were used to ensure that the group’s illicit drug trafficking was protected from others and its influence on others had an impact. with threats or use of extreme violence.

“Groups like this one are causing countless harm and misery in our society as they trade in drugs and encourage drug addiction among drug users who not infrequently cause further harm to others to finance their addiction. You can expect to receive significant custodial sentences from the courts , such as the corrosive impact on our communities that this activity causes. “

Sarah Tervet

The court has previously heard that after the seizure in Tervet’s apartment, where the officers found a firearm and two grenades, there was a ‘shower of contact’ between Morgan, Curtis and Tervet, who passed on information about the police’s movements. Morgan was’ clearly aware ‘of the police presence and sent a series of messages to employees in a WhatsApp group, including’ they are back ‘,’ crawling ‘about’ and ‘be constantly on guard’.

Curtis was clearly aware of the raid and immediately booked a taxi out of the area, but was later arrested at an address in Wythenshawe, where a search found drugs and drug paraphernalia. His DNA was also found on one of the grenades.

The grenades came from Tervet’s address

During the morning of the raid, about 400 residents were evacuated. By becoming ‘paranoid’, Morgan sent pictures of the evacuation to a colleague with the caption ‘Game over’ after an article in Manchester Evening News . He then proceeded to conduct internet searches on MEN after the coverage of the ‘bomb squad’.

Police made their second significant seizure when undercover officers followed another alleged member of the gang, Graham Wellings, 56, and found two other grenades in his backpack as he cycled through Stretford after a visit he was supposed to have made to Morgan’s apartment. . Wellings has since been acquitted following a lawsuit.

Two more firearms were found in a storage locker at Days’ address. Morgan was then arrested nearby as he left the apartments and headed for Portland Road. He was found with a number of keys and two cell phones (one of which was a burner phone).

Gareth Curtis

Officers searched his apartment, where they found 300 grams of hashish and digital weights as well as a small amount of heroin, infidelity scales and several weights in a community. One of the key sets gave the police access to another apartment where a kilo of class A drugs was found.

It became clear that this opportunity was being used to grow cannabis as part of the drug operation when nine cannabis plants worth £ 4,500 were found, the court heard. Two bullets were also found wrapped in a glove and £ 3,000 in cash. Prosecutor Jamie Baxter said this apartment was used as a ‘base’ by Morgan.

Brian’s day

Police then went to another apartment in the block to find Day and another man, and found that there were ‘signs of counterfeiting’, being ‘devoted to drugs’.

Day also had keys to an outside storage locker in which a supermarket bag containing two additional pistols identical to the pistol found in Tervet’s apartment was found. The following morning, officers found more ammunition and a barrel for a black revolver.

The firearm was found from Tervet’s address

Judge Potter, who sentenced Morgan, said: “This was in any case an arsenal of weapons over which you exercised your control.” About Curtis, he said he was fully aware of what was in the closet and had a minor role, and about Day and Tervet, he said they were both involved through some degree of coercion or exploitation.

Morgan of Milton Close was jailed for 21 years and three months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess an explosive substance, conspiracy to possess a prohibited weapon, conspiracy to possess ammunition, conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, cannabis production and possession of the intention to supply Class B drugs.

Curtis of Milton Close was jailed for 10 years and four months after admitting conspiracy to possess an explosive substance, conspiracy to possess a prohibited weapon and conspiracy to possess ammunition.

Day, from Milton Close, was jailed for six years and eight months after admitting conspiracy to possess a prohibited weapon and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Tervet of Milton Close was jailed for four years and eight months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess a prohibited weapon and conspiracy to possess ammunition.

A Proceeds of Crime Act hearing regarding Morgan and Day has been set for August 26th.

Detective Roger Smethurst of our Group for Serious and Organized Crime said: “Some of the weapons we found during this investigation undoubtedly had the potential to be deadly and were certainly in the hands of an organized gang eager to does harm.

“We know that at the time we carried out this operation, there will have been concern in the Stretford community, but I hope that the action we took then – and to be able to bring them to justice today – shows our commitment. to ensure that those involved in possession of such dangerous weapons are taken out of society and put behind bars for their actions.

“Organized crime often operates out of sight, but can have a very real impact on communities, and it is therefore crucial that we continue to do everything we can to defeat these unscrupulous individuals.

“We always welcome intelligence from the public who help us find these criminals, and I urge anyone with suspicion or concern about suspicious activity in their area to contact us or Crimestoppers so we can intervene.”

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