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Crime squad on trail of the untouchables; Drug barons are brought to justice at last.



THE conviction of two major Merseyside gangsters illustrates that no-one is now untouchable untouchable

Former classification of various low-status persons and those outside the Hindu caste system in Indian society. The term Dalit is now used for such people (in preference to Mohandas K.
, the head of the National Crime Squad The National Crime Squad (NCS) was a British police organisation which dealt mainly with organised crime and major crimes. Formed in April 1998 after the amalgamation of six former Regional Crime Squads it merged on 1 April 2006 into the Serious Organised Crime Agency.  last night said.

Eddie Gray Eddie Gray may refer to:
  • Eddie Gray (footballer), Scottish football (soccer) player
  • Eddie Gray (NASCAR), race car driver
 and Mark Lilley received a total of 47 years in jail following lengthy investigations to smash their criminal empires.

And their downfalls have now been specifically highlighted by the head of the NCS (Network Call Signaling) CableLabs version of MGCP. See MGCP/MEGACO.

NCS - Network Computing System: Apollo's RPC system used by DEC and Hewlett-Packard.The protocol has been adopted by OSF.
 as examples of the good work the organisation has carried out.

Gray received 24 years after masterminding a drugs business which saw him live in a large detached home in West Derby, Liverpool, drive a Ferrari with a personalised numberplate and enjoy exotic holidays.

In his report, Crime Squad Director General William Hughes William Hughes may refer to:
  • Billy Hughes (1862-1952), the seventh prime minister of Australia
  • William Hughes (Senator) (1872–1918), a U.S. senator from New Jersey
  • William Hughes, Baron Hughes (1911–1999), a Scottish Labour party politician
  • William J.
 said Gray, 38, who was known to his associates as "the Bear" was "a main player in serious and organised crime whose illegal dealings in Class A drugs, namely heroin, are believed to have financed several expensive cars and a luxury home with an indoor swimming pool . . . accumulated from running a modest taxi business."

Mark Lilley, 27, remains on the run after absconding during his trial, which eventually saw him convicted of narcotics narcotics n. 1) techinically, drugs which dull the senses. 2) a popular generic term for drugs which cannot be legally possessed, sold, or transported except for medicinal uses for which a physician or dentist's prescription is required.  and firearms offences.

The 6ft tall, 20-stone gangster from Earlestown, near St Helens St Helens may refer to:

Places:
  • St Helens, Merseyside, England
  • St Helens RFC, rugby league club
  • St Helens Town F.C.
, who was described by the trial judge as "the worst type of drug dealer", has a fearsome reputation for violence and was only arrested after a covert listening device A covert listening device, more commonly known as a bug, is usually a combination of a miniature radio transmitter with a microphone. The use of bugs, called bugging, is a common technique in espionage and, increasingly, in police investigations.  was installed at his home.

Mr Hughes said: "These major criminals from the North West, previously deemed 'untouchables', were finally brought to justice for their major drug dealing activities and sentenced to a total of almost 50 years in prison.

"Officers then began financial proceedings to strip them of their trappings of wealth - so far just under pounds 500,000 realised profit has been confiscated con·fis·cate  
tr.v. con·fis·cat·ed, con·fis·cat·ing, con·fis·cates
1. To seize (private property) for the public treasury.

2. To seize by or as if by authority. See Synonyms at appropriate.

adj.
 - and completely disrupted the criminal network which they had established."

During the past year, the NCS nationally seized drugs with an estimated street value of more than pounds 260m - a figure twice that of the group's annual budget.

The narcotics included 768kgs of heroin, worth around pounds 57m, of which more than a tenth was recovered on Merseyside.

During the same period, 1,391kgs of cocaine was seized with a street value of pounds 105m, along with pounds 86m-worth of cannabis and pounds 13.3m-worth of Ecstasy and amphetamine amphetamine (ămfĕt`əmēn), any one of a group of drugs that are powerful central nervous system stimulants. Amphetamines have stimulating effects opposite to the effects of depressants such as alcohol, narcotics, and barbiturates. .

Mr Hughes added: "Investigations into major drug trafficking continues to account for approximately 70pc of our core business. In relation to drugs, we undertook 191 operations which were specifically drug-focused, making 621 arrests, of which 450 were arrested for Class A drugs only.

"During the year, we also successfully disrupted or dismantled 253 criminal organisations, of which 206 were drug-related."

He continued: "The vast majority of these drugs were seized in huge containers transported on cargo ships bound for Europe and ultimately the United Kingdom.

"Many of these successful operations also removed from local communities negative role models whose grip on those communities, often through trafficking in drugs, is pernicious."

Once again, the fight against organised crime continues to dominate the NCS agenda.

Since its inception, the organisation has identified two tiers of criminal which it targets - the "core nominal" and the "current nominal". The former is described as "a major criminal of international, national or regional significance believed to be involved in the commission of crime at the highest level" while the latter, although still a serious criminal, has yet to establish himself at the higher levels of crime.

It is estimated that there are around 300 "core nominals" across England and Wales England and Wales are both constituent countries of the United Kingdom, that together share a single legal system: English law. Legislatively, England and Wales are treated as a single unit (see State (law)) for the conflict of laws.  - and, outside of Greater London, Merseyside has the highest number of any other region.

Mr Hughes said: "The very nature of organised crime persists in transcending regional and judicial boundaries, making it imperative that our relationship with other law-enforcement agencies, both in the United Kingdom and across the world, is second to none.

"Over the last year, the development of intelligence and analytical work has enabled us to primarily target those criminals and their organisations that might previously have been deemed untouchables untouchables: see Harijans.

Untouchables

lowest caste in India; social outcasts. [Ind. Culture: Brewer Dictionary, 1118]

See : Banishment
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