A ‘JUNIOR manager’ in a family business of Burton drug traffickers has been caged for three years by a judge.
Scott Rafferty was among dozens of offenders rounded up as part of Staffordshre Police’s crackdown on drug dealing in the town - Operation Nemesis.
Among them was a family of drug suppliers, headed by Rafferty’s father, Mohammed Najib, Stafford Crown Court heard.
It was also revealed that Wesley Beard, 28, of Shakespeare Road, was handed a 16 month jail sentence, suspended for two years, for his part in the drugs conspiracy.
Rafferty and Bear’s convictions mean that a total of 41 people have now been sentenced as a direct result of the operation.
Malcolm Morse, prosecuting, said: “The defendant [Rafferty] took part during the great bulk of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 in the family-run business in Burton supplying class A drugs on a commercial scale.”
Rafferty, 20, of Goodman Street, Burton, who admitted a charge of conspiracy to supply drugs, also admitted breaching a six month suspended prison sentence for a separate offence of handling stolen goods.
Recorder Mr Martin Hurst told him: “You were a junior manager in this enterprise. You and your brothers have been corrupted by your father.”
The judge heard Rafferty first came on the Nemesis team’s radar by supplying small quantities of cocaine to an undercover officer pseudonym ‘Lee’.
Mr Morse said Rafferty made at least six deals before he introduced Lee to his father, Najib.
From then on, Rafferty’s role changed from a street supplier to that of an intermediary and the nature of the drugs deals changed - large quantities in exchange for commodities such as tobacco.
Police finally arrested Rafferty in January this year at his flat in Goodman Street.
Mr Morse said Rafferty had played a significant role in the family’s drugs business and the prosecution would place him fourth in the hierarchy.
Mr Craig Harris, defending, said Rafferty had been brought up separately by his mother, but at the age of 18 and unable to find work, he become reintegrated with Najib and was taken in by his father.
He was offered a flat and his role was as a ‘street runner’ for his father for pay.
“He was never present when any of the heroin deals were done,” said Mr Harris.