Gangster’s moll called ‘Little Miss Attitude’ forced children into drug dealing
A gangster's moll nicknamed "Little Miss Attitude" has been jailed for helping to mastermind a county lines drugs racket which forced children to traffic cocaine and heroin.
Naliah Noreen, 23, and her two brothers ran five drug hotlines which made or fielded 54,000 calls over a four month period and had up to 1,200 customers.
The mum-of-one forced a 15-year-old boy into becoming a "runner" after telling him he owed the gang money.
The terrified boy was told dealing drugs would pay off his "debts" and Noreen and her relatives would drive the teenager around local housing estates near his home in Rochdale, Greater Manchester so he could make door-to-door deliveries of heroin.
Noreen – known amongst addicts as the "woman with the really arrogant bad attitude" – also travelled to Lancashire and Staffordshire, to collect large hauls of dirty money on behalf of her boyfriend.
Police arrested her in August last year during a series of raids after after learnt of the unnamed lad's ordeal.
During interview she told officers: "Better get me the f**k out of here or I'm going to kick off."
The boy who cannot be named is now receiving help from specialist police officers.
At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Noreen, from Rochdale, admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin plus a separate charge of money laundering.
Her brothers Asad Ali, 19 and Ratib Ali, 20, and their housemate Janaid Rehman, 18 were jailed at earlier hearings.
Her boyfriend Mohammed Abu Khan, 28, is currently serving seven-and-a-half years in jail.
The court heard Noreen came to the attention of police in November 2017 after she was assigned by Khan to meet the gang's distributors in Nelson and Stoke to pick up drugs money.
Officers kept her under surveillance and during a rendezvous in Audley in February 2018 was seen collecting a Tesco carrier bag containing £26,890 from a dealer in a VW Golf.
She was subsequently stopped on the M6 Northbound near junction 20 and arrested but she was freed under investigation after she told police she had been asked by Khan to collect money which she thought was the repayment of a loan.
In the meantime she and three other members of her family became involved in running five drug hotlines Rocky, Tyson, Woody, Kez, and Doctor.
Daniel Calder prosecuting said: "These were used to organise and facilitate the street-dealing of large quantities of Cocaine and Heroin. Ms Noreen's role appears to have primarily been to direct the supply of the drugs.
"A user would call or message one of the drugs lines to place an order, the person with the handset for that drug line would then call one of the dealers to pass on the order and they would then in turn contact Nailah Noreen to arrange for the drugs to be delivered to the user.
"Whilst Ms. Noreen's role was primarily organising the delivery of drugs, it is clear she also was involved in delivering them to users, as can be seen from text messages recovered from her mobile telephone.
"One describes how following the arrest of the person running the "Kez" line, Ms. Noreen is described as late 20's, slim build, with a really arrogant bad attitude.
"Police also became aware that a 15-year-old boy was being used to deliver Class A drugs.
"It is plain, the group, including this defendant, were responsible for controlling the activities of the boy who delivered both cocaine and heroin to users who had contacted the drug lines being operated by Ms Noreen and her family."
Police dismantled the drug hotlines after arresting two men in a stolen VW Golf fitted with false registration plates and recovered twenty wraps of heroin and 17 wraps of cocaine plus mobile telephone handsets containing the SIMs for the "Tyson" and "Rocky" drug lines. Noreen was re-arrested in August 2018.
Mr Calder added: "When she was later interviewed she began by telling the officers they "better get me the f..k out of here or I'm going to kick off". She then proceeded to call them "pr**ks" throughout the interview.
"In short she denied the offences, and asserted that she was a drug user not a drug dealer.
"When asked about messages in which she asked her brother Asas for the number for the "graft line", she said she was entitled to ask her brother for a drug number, and intended to order drugs for herself."
Noreen had a previous conviction for drug driving.
Her lawyer Gemma Maxwell said in mitigation: "Her conduct was born out of personal circumstances and she was very much under direction of her boyfriend at the time.
"He is far more criminal astute than her and whilst we don't say she's been exploited there is certainly a degree of pressure placed on her.
"She instructs me quite passionately that she did not directly recruit that child.
"She's got a child of her own and looks back at what happened with disgust. She is a now a complete contrast to the person she was upon arrest.
"She's now motivated to better herself not least for her young daughter.
Sentencing Noreen to five years in jail, Judge Tina Landale said: "You have found yourself isolated from your family whilst in custody and have rehabilitated yourself and you no longer are addicted to drugs and have changed your attitude to life and offending.
"But you were involved in moving money to the value of tens of thousands of pounds around the country to assist drug dealing and carried out an essential function in keeping it running.
"You also chose to start up your own drug dealing business and the scale is evident by the thousands and thousands messages made to your drug lines.
"You were directing the supply and occasionally delivering of drugs and you had a significant role.
"The seriously aggravated feature in your case is your organisation recruited a 15-year-old child to supply class A drugs on your organisations behalf."
Police seized 13 kilos of Class A drugs and more than £100,000 in cash from the drugs gang during the investigation.
The ringleader Mohammed Fazal, 33, of Rochdale is serving 15 years jail after pleading guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine.
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