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Birmingham drug dealers jailed after targeting Stratford with heroin and cocaine

THREE drug dealers who operated a county lines network supplying heroin and cocaine in Stratford have been jailed.

Deon Suleman of Adria Road, Balsall Heath, and Murtaza Rashid of Wilton Road, Sparkhill, have now been sentenced for conspiracy to supply Class A heroin and cocaine from Birmingham.

A third defendant, Haidar Ali, was found guilty of being involved in the conspiracy.

The Mitch drugs line was operated from the Sparkbrook area of Birmingham, targeting Stratford. It was initially held and operated by Suleman, 23, who would send text messages to his customer base, before Rashid, 21, would travel to Stratford and use various homes of drug users as a base to sell the drugs.

Suleman headed the operation between February 2021 until 19th June 2021, when he was arrested and charged with intent to supply Class A drugs.

From left, Haider Ali, Deon Suleman, and Murtaza Rashid.
From left, Haider Ali, Deon Suleman, and Murtaza Rashid.

Rashid, a close associate of Suleman, was the main runner and would travel to Stratford on an almost daily basis to sell drugs.

Following Suleman’s arrest, Rashid took control of the Mitch line.

Ali, 22, a known associate of Rashid, was identified from CCTV images buying a credit top-up for a phone used for Mitch line deals at a store in Stratford.

Suleman pleaded guilty and was sentenced to seven years and four months imprisonment.

Rashid, 21, and Ali, 22, were found guilty after a trial at Birmingham Crown Court. Rashid was sentenced to nine years and six months imprisonment whilst Ali was sentenced to six months.

DC Phil Langstone, from the major crime unit’s county lines task force, who was in charge of the investigation, said: “County lines drug dealers target the most vulnerable, ruining lives and blighting communities.

“We are pleased that these three have been taken off our streets and are now serving time behind bars.”

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