News Criminal Defence 21st May 2021

Gavin Irwin’s client acquitted in Salford ‘A-Team’ connected trial

Gavin was representing one of two men alleged to be responsible for an Organised Crime Group operating in the North West.

His client has previously been described, by the Manchester Evening News, as “the ringleader of a Salford gang that plotted to flood the streets with high-purity cocaine”.  The MEN also states that he has twice been named as “a member of Salford’s A-Team in gangland trials”.

The allegations spanned 15 months of covert observations and centred around the set-up and management of a safe-house for the processing of import purity cocaine for onward distribution and a parallel conspiracy in which 25kg of ketamine was recovered.

Gavin’s client admitted supplying encrypted communications devices to others but denied that he did so in furtherance of any criminal agreement or in order to encourage or assist in the commission of drugs and other serious offences.

After a trial at Bolton Crown Court lasting 6 weeks, Gavin’s client was acquitted on all counts.

Gavin was instructed by Hojol Uddin at JMW Solicitors together with Sadie Thomson.


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