This is the moment a drug dealer was led away in handcuffs by police as part of the biggest swoop on Wolverhampton’s drugs and gangs menace in the city’s history.
Michael Guy Lewis was filmed by the Express & Star being led away from his home in Heath Town within minutes of the launch of Operation Wolverhampton No Deal in September.
Today, the 38-year-old was facing jail after admitting his role in a conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs.
He was one of the first to be held in raids, which began on September 26 and saw police swoop at addresses across Park Village, Ashmore Park, Low Hill, Bushbury, Wednesfield and Willenhall.
Lewis was one of 10 men who yesterday pleaded guilty to drugs offences at Birmingham Crown Court.
Also admitting guilt was 21-year-old Shenrick Campbell of Field Street, Springfield, Wolverhampton.
He admitted charges of conspiracy to supply class A heroin and conspiracy to supply class A crack cocaine between January and September this year.
Miss Jennifer Josephs, prosecuting, told the court, that Campbell was part a cell of drug dealing known by police as the ‘J-Line Conspiracy’.
Part of that line was Gavin Damien Williamson, 27, of Burton Road, Heath Town, who admitted conspiracy to supply class A heroin and conspiracy to supply crack cocaine between January and September.
Lewis, of Hobgate Road, was also part of the J-Line conspiracy, the court heard, and he admitted charges of conspiracy to supply class A cocaine between February and September, conspiracy to supply class B cannabis and producing class B cannabis.
Three men also admitted drug offences under what police labelled ‘Bob’s Dealer Line’.
Gary Newton, 38, of Fourth Avenue, Low Hill, admitted conspiracy to supply heroin and conspiracy to supply crack cocaine between March and October of this year.
Gavin Hyde, 31, of Mills Close, Wednesfield, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and Patrick McNeil, 22 of First Avenue, Low Hill, admitted to supplying class A crack cocaine and heroin between March and October.
Paul Alexander Smith, 40, of Shelley Road, Fordhouses, Wolverhampton, who was part of a separate conspiracy, admitted being concerned in the supply of class A crack cocaine in March.
Alex Jackson, 28, of Hart Road, Wednesfield admitted three charges of being concerned in the supply for class A heroin, class A crack cocaine and class B cannabis.
Miss Josephs told the court that Jackson had introduced an undercover officer to a dealer. Police called the investigation into Lance Wafer, 27, of Luce Road, Wolverhampton and Callon Jones, 23, of Guy Avenue, Low Hill, ‘The Craig Line’.
Wafer admitted conspiracy to supply class A heroin and conspiracy to supply class A crack cocaine between March and October.
Jones admitted a single charge of conspiracy to supply class A crack cocaine.
Three other men Delroy Wilson, 40, of Bridgnorth Road, Compton, Rudolph Burke, 50, of Brantley Avenue, Finchfield and Lloyd Morgan, 42, of Hart Road, Wednesfield, appeared before the court but didn’t enter a plea. Wilson is charged with supplying heroin and crack cocaine. Burke faces a charge of conspiracy to supply cannabis.
Morgan is charged with concerning the supply of heroin and crack cocaine. His case was adjourned for a plea and case management hearing.
All 13 men will next appear at Birmingham Crown Court on the week commencing January 20.
Seven people pleaded guilty on Tuesday, while a further five pleaded guilty on Wednesday. The oldest of these was 65-year-old Mohammed Arif, of Crowther Street in Park Village. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply crack concaine.
Supt Paul Drover, from Wolverhampton Police, said: “This operation has been planned for a long time; it is now pleasing to see the work come to fruition.
“This latest phase of court appearances is by no means the end, we will continue to work with our partners to try to eradicate drugs from the city’s streets and help those individuals who wish to break their drug addiction. “