‘Jumped up taxi driver’ lied about being gang leader’s right hand

A man who claimed he was just a "jumped up taxi driver" was actually the right-hand man of a £2m drug gang leader.

David Rawling lied about his role in Colin Jones ' second in command as the Liverpool men built up a huge drug empire from Merseyside across the UK.

According to North Wales Live, Rawling was one of six more people jailed in Wales on Thursday, connected to the massive operation that is currently being dismantled by authorities.

The 38-year-old worked closely with County Lines boss Colin Jones, 49, who was jailed for 21 years on Wednesday.

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Eleven out of 18 defendants in the case have now been jailed for a total of 103 years.

Mold Crown Court heard that Jones' operation involved an "industrial" and "nationwide" scale of criminal activity that stretched from Liverpool and Connah’s Quay to Devon, Cornwall and Scotland, with police in Operation Tide catching 18 gang members.

Prosecutor Andrew Jones told Mold Crown Court that Rawling, of Lily Road in Litherland, had claimed he was merely a "jumped up taxi driver" from Merseyside.

But during the police investigation to bring the gang down, he was recorded on a device in his car talking about criminal activities.

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He was also heard directing fellow conspirator Jack Jones, 28, in wearing gloves when handling drugs bought by users ringing an Echo Line.

Mr Jones said this "exposed the fallacy" that Rawling was only a "jumped up taxi driver".

Anthony Charles Fahy

The court heard how drugs boss Jones even put Rawling through a lie detector test – which he passed.

Jones trusted Rawling, as seen in Rawling’s involvement in a plan to cause a co-conspirator Lee Go really serious harm, said the prosecutor.

Rawling was jailed for a total of 15 and a half years – 11 for conspiring to supply heroin, cocaine and amphetamine to parts of North Wales, England and Scotland between January 1, 2017 and September 6, 2020 and four and a half years for causing GBH to Lee Go.

The sentences are to be served consecutively.

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The judge told Rawling: ‘You took a leading role in the drugs conspiracy.

"You were (at times) Colin Jones’ right hand man.

"You were involved in collecting money and travelling outside your area, re-supplying drugs."

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Jones turned to Rawling to help seek revenge on Lee Go who they thought was stealing from the group, said the judge.

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Today, the court heard Anthony Charles Fahy, 28, had been entrusted to travel from his Anglesey home to Liverpool to pick up drugs.

But police followed him on his way back and arrested him.

Fahy, of Gongl Rhedyn, Cemaes Bay, was found to have cocaine and cannabis worth between £7,000 and £12,000.

He was jailed for six and a half years for plotting to supply cocaine and cannabis to Wales and England.

Barry Roche

Another defendant, Richard William John Anderson, 47, had worked for Carillion on railways and earned £60,000 a year.

He met organised crime boss Colin Jones through selling Jones a car. Anderson became addicted to cocaine and a drug dealer himself.

The judge told Anderson he was "essential" to Jones’ Scotland operation.

He travelled from Scotland to Liverpool and told co-conspirators how to pack drugs in a "forensically safe way".

He jailed Anderson, of Glebe Place, Lockerbie, Scotland, for seven years for plotting to supply cocaine in Scotland.

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Another defendant Edward White, 61, of Elstead Road, Liverpool, was jailed for four and a half years for plotting to supply heroin and cocaine to Wales, England and Scotland. He was said to need a kidney transplant.

The judge said he was showing "mercy" in giving him a shorter sentence.

This morning Barry Roche, 47, of no fixed address, and Patricia Massingham, 50, of Studland Rod, Liverpool, were jailed for nine years and for four and a half years respectively for conspiring to supply heroin, cocaine and amphetamines.

The crimes were between January 1, 2017 and September 6 this year.

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