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Phone photos see drugs gang jailed

A gang of drug dealers have been jailed after two of them posed for photos with bags of cannabis and bundles of cash.

Eugene May-Dyer, Russell Turner, Ian Cunningham and Grant Barnhurst, all from Birmingham, were arrested during a series of raids in the Kings Norton area of the city in February last year.

Officers seized almost £1,000 of cannabis, dealer bags and digital scales, plus mobile phones containing a back catalogue of text conversations between the group discussing drugs.

Examination of the phone also revealed an image of 18-year-old Turner, from Green Acres, showing off with handfuls of cash and used notes stuffed into his waistband.

In another photograph seized from a mobile phone, Turner can be seen with 24-year-old May-Dyer, from Halladale, examining dried cannabis leaf scattered across a floor.

All four admitted conspiracy to supply Class B drugs at Birmingham Crown Court.

Yesterday, labourer Turner was jailed for 13 months - including an additional month for breaching an earlier suspended sentence - and May-Dyer for 12 months.

Fellow drug suppliers Cunningham, 24, of Wordsworth House, and 21-year-old Barnhurst, from Pershore Road, were both handed nine-month sentences.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Bannister, head of West Midlands Police's Gang Taskforce, said: "We managed to intercept them at an early stage before their criminality could escalate and potentially cause more damage in the Kings Norton community.

"Our communities repeatedly tell us that taking action against drug dealing in communities is a priority for them and urge us to take action."

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