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Drug lord's reign is over, say police; 'SCOUSE PABLO ESCOBAR' BUSTED AGAIN.

Byline: JOE THOMAS City Centre Reporter joe.thomas@trinitymirror.com joe_thomas18 @

THE reputation of a Merseyside drugs lord who modelled himself on notorious kingpin Pablo Escobar lies in tatters after he was busted for a second time.

That is the verdict of Detective Superintendent Jason Hudson, whose specialist crime unit foiled Christopher Welsh Jnr's latest drugs conspiracy - run from behind bars.

And the police boss used his latest success to warn criminals an increasingly sophisticated prison intelligence network means anyone thinking of operating from their cell block will be caught.

Welsh Jnr - already serving a near-17 year stint in jail for masterminding a drugs cartel with his dad - was last week found guilty of leading efforts by a Liverpool gang to supply drugs to a group in Scotland in 2013.

The 35-year-old, who denied conspiracy to supply cocaine and conspiracy to supply heroin, was convicted after just three hours of deliberations by a Liverpool crown court jury.

Speaking as Welsh Jnr, formerly of Lyndale Avenue in Eastham, awaits sentencing DS Hudson slammed the drugs chief and questioned the sanity of anyone thinking of setting up a criminal enterprise with the twicebusted crook.

DS Hudson, head of operations at the TITAN, the North West organised crime unit, told the ECHO: "I'm not sure if Christopher Welsh Jnr has got any reputation at the moment.

"If I was a drug dealer and had any sort of nous, I wouldn't go within 100 metres of him.

"Everyone who has ever dealt with Christopher Welsh Jnr is serving a long prison sentence.

"We will continue harassing him until we are confident he is stopping his criminality."

Welsh Jnr, nicknamed Pablo after the notorious Columbian cocaine kingpin Escobar, was among a gang of 20 jailed for nearly 120 years in total in 2013.

His latest plot operated to a similar model as he used illicit mobile phones to control a network of "trusted individuals" on the outside to do his dirty work.

DS Hudson said: "The group was operating exactly the same way they were doing before.

"Was it a big job for us? No, not really - it's been a mild inconvenience capturing him again.

"Once we have caught someone once we know how they are operating and it isn't hard to catch them again."

DS Hudson warned anyone thinking of continuing criminal operations from behind bars that offenders were subjected to "continual monitoring" if police had any suspicion over their activities.

"There are always going to be people who will continue criminality, whether to fund families on the outside or because they owe significant amounts of money to others.

"We have got things in place to deal with it.

"There must be a strong message sent out to deter people."

Welsh, and his father, Christopher Welsh Snr, 57, of Paley Close, Anfield, were said to have masterminded the previous cartel in "a desire for wealth and the good life" Welsh Jnr and Welsh Snr were jailed for 16 years and eight months, and 15 years and four months respectively.

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