Families of the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings have had a request for legal aid granted just days before inquest proceedings into the 1974 terror attacks are due to get under way.
13 West Midlands Drug Dealers Jailed For More Than 130 Years
13 drug dealers have been jailed for more than a 130 years between them after West Midlands Police say they have 'crushed' a Class A empire'
The gang sold cocaine and heroin in Wolverhampton, Birmingham and Nottingham, hiding the drugs in specially adapted cars with hidden compartments.
Officers say the drugs seized are worth more than £1.5million.
Albanian national Asmirald Miraka orchestrated the operation which saw drugs imported into the UK and distributed to known suppliers in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Nottingham.
Detective Constable Warren Moore, from the Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: "This was a sophisticated operation involving large amounts of cocaine and heroin.
"Miraka was the lynchpin in co-ordinating the supply of drugs to other dealers and there is no doubt this would have continued without police intervention.
"Drugs can ruin lives and communities and these sentences should act as a strong warning that those involved in such crime will feel the full force of the law."
Asmirald Miraka, (25) Margaret Grove, Harborne; sentenced to 16 years, three months
Desar Asllani (30) Quinton Road, Harborne; sentenced to 10 years and nine months
Aleks Asllani (28) Quinton Road, Harborne; sentenced to 10 years and nine months
Arjol Cerriku (30) Haunch Lane, Birmingham; sentenced to 10 years and nine months
Adam Whiteley (35) of Wheatsheaf Road, Oldbury; sentenced to eight years
Shazad Ali (29) Foxhall Road, Nottingham; sentenced to 15 years
Zarak Khan (27) Vale Crescent South, Nottingham; sentenced to 15 years
Shabaz Ali (27) Foxhall Road, Nottingham; sentenced to 15 years and 5 months
Levi Watson (29) Orslow Walk, Park Village, Wolverhampton; sentenced to seven years
Richard Chapman (22) Ellerton Walk, Park Village, Wolverhampton; sentenced to five years
Clayton Stephenson (30) no fixed address, sentenced to eight years
Kieran Samuels (31) Fleming Way, Rednall; sentenced to six years
Aaron Clemenson (32) Power Crescent, Ladywood; sentenced to five years
A drug dealer from Birmingham who went on the run almost a decade's been jailed for more than 4 and a half years.
Kenichi Philips was shot dead as he sat in a parked car in Ladywood in March.
Jamaican born Douane Brown will spend at least 21 years in jail for the killing.
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