A pair of drug dealers were jailed for their part in supplying cocaine to be sold by criminals in Lancashire, with some of the haul discovered inside a child's Finding Nemo lunchbox.
Zain Mussa, 44, and Paul Molloy, 48, used couriers to ship the high purity Class A drug to customers, probably in half kilo packages selling for around £15,000 a time.
Scott Robinson, 34, a cocaine dealer, of Westhead Road, Croston, was the man who made the deals between the Liverpool criminals and their Lancashire buyers.
Police began surveillance on the group in late 2012 and made several seizures including in April 2013 when 363g of cocaine at 80% purity was found hidden in a Finding Nemo lunchbox in the Mercedes of courier Lee Davies, who was travelling with his wife and child at the time.
A month later, they seized half a kilo at 60% purity in Wrightington from another man who was not before the court.
Robinson and Mussa, of Knowsley Road, Bootle , were also before the court to face money laundering charges after Robinson’s mum was caught with £8,300 in cash which prosecutors said was to pay for drugs shipments.
A text intercepted from Robinson, said: “I want you to no (sic) I thought all this was behind us and I’m really sorry. I’ll never forgive myself for what’s happened to mum.”
Alongside Zain Mussa were David Zahedi, of Headingly Avenue and Lee Davies, of Thornbury – both Skelmersdale – who both faced sentences for a separate cocaine supply conspiracy centred on the single seizure in April.
When Paul Molloy’s house on Haggerston Road, Walton , was raided, police found “bug sweeping machines” he used to try to evade surveillance.
All five men were found guilty at trial last month and were sentenced on August 8 but a reporting order made by the judge prevented the Advertiser from reporting the case until now.
Judge Andrew Menary, QC, said that he was satisfied Paul Molloy and Scott Robinson were involved in a conspiracy involving at least 1.25kg of cocaine based on meetings they attended while under police surveillance.
Zain Mussa was described as being in charge of the drugs plot and was jailed for twelve years for two drugs conspiracies and money laundering.
Paul Molloy and Scott Robinson were below him but played “leading roles” and were both jailed for 10 years.
Robinson was described as a man who had worked hard all his life and turned to dealing when his business suffered but ironically it was now doing much better.
David Zahedi, 34, was the arranger of and the buyer in the April deal and he was jailed for eight years.
Lee Davies, 38, who was picking up the drugs on behalf of someone else was jailed for four years.