Manchester Teacher Jailed For Leading Drugs Gang

A teacher from Manchester has been sentenced to 21 years in jail after leading a double life as the mastermind behind a drugs gang.

30 year old Mohammed Sarwar was convicted of conspiracy to supply cannabis and cocaine in March.

Sarwar worked as an IT teacher as Burnage Media Arts College during the day, but also headed a gang which bough large quanitaties of pure cocaine to sell across Manchester.

Manchester Crown Court heard how Sarwar was known as "The Teacher" to his crime gang, and instructed others on how to evade detection.

Detective Inspector Chris Packer, from Greater Manchester Police's organised crime Xcalibre unit, said: "He co-ordinated everything and took his cut, but did not want to get his hands dirty and rarely went anywhere near the drugs.

"He was a teacher employed in a position of trust and responsible for educating young people.

"He had a duty of care to all his pupils to set them on the right path as they become adults.

"However, by masterminding a drugs network, he abused his position and set the worst sort of example possible."

No significant amounts of drugs were ever seized by police, but the jury at the trial heard how Sarwar and his gang were involved in a conspiracy to supply cannabis to inmates at HMP Forest Bank in Salford.

Robert Hart, a former guard at the prison, was involved in smuggling the drugs inside. The 37 year old from Goulder Street, Gorton, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class B drugs and was jailed for 16 months.

27 year old Leanne Bryan,  of Smedley Street, Blackley, was convicted of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and also pleaded guilty to production of cannabis and possession of a class B drug with intent to supply at an earlier hearing. She was sentenced to 11 years and four months.

Leigh Mensah, 24, of Rawpool Gardens, Royal Oak, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs and was jailed for five years.  Mark Hunt, 29, of HMP Forest Bank, admitted conspiracy to supply class B drugs and was jailed for 20 months.

Nicola Whitehead, 33, of Sykes Street, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class B drugs and was jailed for eight months. Andrew Harrison, 43, of HMP Forest Bank, admitted conspiracy to supply class B drugs and was jailed for eight months.

Ben Davidson, 24, of Stocks Lane, Stalybridge, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs.

He will be sentenced on 9 May.

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