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14 YEARS FOR CITY DRUG MAN; Showers jailed after pounds 1.19m deal.

Byline: by RICHARD DOWN

A FORMER Toxteth man has been sent down for 14 years for his role in smuggling pounds 1.19m of amphetamines into Denmark.

Delroy Whitfield Showers, 58, was sentenced alongside three Danish men to a total of 46 years for the crime.

The Liverpool raised man has already served time in Denmark for drug smuggling.

This time he was extradited from Holland to Denmark in August for his role in providing 40kg of the drug two years ago.

Police estimate the drugs had a street value of pounds 1.19m.

Showers regularly met his co-defendants in various European cities, including Hamburg, Amsterdam and Barcelona.

The four were arrested last year after a tip from a 26-year-old man who had already been convicted in connection with the case.

According to the prosecutor, the drugs were paid for in cash and with stolen vehicles. One of Showers' co-accused, Martin Jacobs, admitted during a 13-day trial that he had made a deal to import the drugs to Denmark, but has since appealed his nine-year sentence.

Showers has a catalogue of previous offences that has already seen him serve time in prisons on the continent.

He also hit the headlines back in 1995 after pulling off a dramatic Christmas Day escape from prison.

He went on the run from a jail 150 miles from Copenhagen, capital of Denmark, after a jogging session.

At that point he was serving time for another drug smuggling operation between Holland and Denmark.

By 1999 Showers' older brother Michael was also serving 20 years for his part in a drugs bust in Britain which involved around 12kg of heroin.

The siblings are the sons of a merchant seaman who claimed to be a tribal chief.

Michael, the older brother by six years, is described as athletic and articulate with an interest in chess and classical music.

Showers' elder sibling, who is famed for his white Rolls-Royce, had started out at the city council with the Merseyside Immigration Advice Unit.

But by 1990, the man who had campaigned so loudly to keep drugs out of Toxteth was masterminding a plot to flood the streets with heroin.

Now his younger brother is serving his second sentence in a foreign jail.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 7, 2009
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