Brazen drug dealers filmed selling heroin, crack and cannabis in notorious city centre crime hotspot
The footage was released by police ahead of an event where 10 offenders behind bars for drug dealing will be named and shamed on a huge TV screen
Shocking footage shows brazen drug dealers selling their wares in broad daylight in a notorious city centre crime hotspot.
For years now gangs have blighted Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens, handing out illegal substances for pocket money prices in plain sight of passers-by, and even in front of children.
Earlier this year, Manchester Evening News told how Class A drugs were sold by the statue of Queen Victoria, next to the children’s play area.
Skunk cannabis was being dealt around the ‘Berlin Wall’ area of the gardens.
Over the summer police discovered that a broad daylight trade in hard drugs – including the former legal high Spice – had opened up in the heart of the city centre.
GMP have been cracking down on dealers as a result, some even being rugby tackled to the ground in front of crowds, as the war against drugs on our streets goes on.
So far 44 offenders have been handed prison sentences, with a combined jail time of more than 91 years.
This footage was released by police ahead of an event in Piccadilly Gardens on today, where 10 offenders currently behind bars for drug dealing will be named and shamed on a huge TV screen for all to see.
The first clip shows Ali Ahmed as he was rugby-tackled to the ground by undercover officers.
The 23-year-old was jailed for three years and nine months and handed a four-year Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) after being caught with over 100 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine in the Gardens.
Ahmed was arrested after being observed supplying drugs from the Queen Victoria statue.
Next is Junade Hostey from Fallowfield.
CCTV catches the 20-year-old dealing in the Gardens, accompanied by a group of males. One man to the left of the screen wearing a light skinned, hooded jacket, tries to stop him from dealing, and you can then see Hostey making threats towards him.
Hostey can then be seen as he is detained by two officers.
He was convicted at the same time for burglary and robbery offences and sentenced in January to two years eight months in prison, and also given a five-year CBO.
This third clip shows three men involved in the organised supplying of cannabis.
Zeeshan Ali, 19, Qasim Hafeez, 19 and Asif Abdulhafeez, 24, were seen dealing in Piccadilly Gardens and as a result of surveillance evidence were also linked to a violent robbery, witness intimidation and blackmail.