John Butterfield QC prosecutes drugs gang

Fri, 23 Mar 2018

A 'puppet master' and his drugs lieutenants have been jailed for a total of 53 years for conspiracy to supply cocaine in bulk to be sold on the streets of Worcester.

'Puppet master' Mohammed Nasar, his son Aaqib Nasar, Robert Degaris and Steven Binning were all found guilty of the cocaine conspiracy following a four week trial at Worcester Crown Court.

John Butterfield QC of No5 Barristers’ Chambers led the prosecution.  He had described Mohammed Nasar as the 'puppet master' who 'pulled the strings', organising the bulk selling of the class A drug to the Ashley James gang. The James syndicate, via middle men and street dealers, then sold the cocaine on to addicts and users.

Members of the James gang already stood convicted of conspiracy to supply cocaine following a trial which finished last November and part of the prosecution case was the links between both conspiracies, one a buying and the other a selling network in the chain.

Mohammed Nasar, aged 50, of Keswick Drive, Warndon, Worcester was found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to supply cocaine between January 1, 2015 and December 8, 2016 and a single count of conspiracy to transfer criminal property between January 1, 2015 and December 8, 2016. He was sentenced to 17 years.

Aaquib Nasar, aged 22, of Bath Road, Worcester, was sentenced to 12 years, Robert Degaris, aged 48, of Popert Drive, Worcester, was sentenced to 14 years and Steven Binning, aged 35, of Audley Drive, Kidderminster, was sentenced 10 years, all for conspiracy to supply cocaine.

John Butterfield QC appeared together with Sophie Murray also of the Crime Group at No5.

Follow a link to read a detailed report of the trial in the Worcester News:


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