John Butterfield QC prosecutes drug dealing gang

Wed, 08 Nov 2017

A gang of drug dealers has been jailed for more than 120 years at Birmingham Crown Court following a joint investigation by the West Midlands regional organised crime unit and the National Crime Agency.

John Butterfield QC of No5 Barristers’ Chambers prosecuted the case together with Sarah Allen which also involved the sale of guns to organised crime groups across the West Midlands.

The high profile case made local and national headlines.

Mohammed Rafiq Khan, aged 29 from Bordesley Green and Michael Harkin, 54, from Yardley, were responsible for sourcing and supplying sawn-off shotguns to criminal associates across the West Midlands. 
Khan was also the head of a drug dealing network which distributed class A drugs across the region.

Follow the link to read a report of the trial on the Birmingham Mail’s website:

John Butterfield QC and Sarah Allen are members of the Crime Group at No5.

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