A CALLOUS care worker for an Erdington company used her job as cover to run an extensive drugs network.
Tanya Mangal, from Bilston Road in Wednesbury, worked for private home-help provider Passion4Care in Slade Road and played out the façade of a respectable, compassionate health professional.
However, West Midlands Police discovered that behind the scenes she ran an extensive drugs ring that saw her inundated with thousands of calls a week from clients on her ‘drugs hotline’.
Detectives proved that the mother-of-two – who used the dealer pseudonym “Niki” – supplied heroin and crack cocaine between November 9 2012 and February 28 last year and during the 110-day period is estimated to have made up to £100,000 in drug deals.
And detectives who later examined timesheets at company offices in Slade Road found the 33-year-old regularly struck drug deals whilst claiming to be caring for clients, including mental health and dementia patients. She used fellow home-help nurse Leanne Giles, from Brightstone Road in Frankley, as a drugs runner, whilst Giles’ next-door neighbours Karminder Fenwick and her boyfriend Darren Shale were also despatched to deliver drugs.
Mangal denied conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine but was found guilty by a jury – and at Birmingham Crown Court today (February 14) and was jailed for eight-and-a-half-years years.
Giles (32), Fenwick (41) and 39-year-old Darren Shale all admitted conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine and were jailed for 40 months, three years, and two years respectively.
South Birmingham Police Superintendent Alan Simmonds, said: “Mangal was undoubtedly the orchestrator of this network and used several different people to do her drugs donkey work. She took all the calls herself under the name Niki; we estimate she received or made around 95,000 drugs calls over a four-and-a-half month period. “
She was in a position of trust, someone employed to look after vulnerable people with mental and physical disabilities, but behind that respectable façade she was herself fuelling crime and ruining people’s lives by peddling drugs. “
All four were picked up as part of a wider initiative – Operation Intrusive – combating serious acquisitive crime and drug supply in south Birmingham last summer that saw 39 people arrested in a series of dawn raids.
“Increasingly, people are telling us they won’t quietly put up with dealers and thieves in their communities. No-one should accept this type of criminality on their doorstep.
We’re listening to people’s concerns, acting on the information they provide and together we’re removing offenders from neighbourhoods."
Police first identified a £20 drugs drop in St Heliers Road, Northfield, on November 9 when Fenwick was seen supplying two wraps of heroin having been despatched by Mangal. More deals were struck throughout the winter with drugs delivered by Fenwick, Giles or Shale initially to locations in Holly Hill Road, Frankley, and nearby Brightstone Road. During one November 22 deal Giles – who was found to have no professional care qualifications – spat out wraps of heroin and crack cocaine that she’d concealed under her tongue.
Forensics checks on the drugs found them to be as little as 20 per cent pure, whilst analysis on greaseproof paper packaging returned DNA hits pointing to Mangal as the drugs cutter.
Police searched all three addresses during co-ordinated raids on the morning of June 13 last year and recovered several phones, a client list of phone numbers, several drug wraps and paraphernalia including digital weighing scales.
Supt Alan Simmonds urged anyone who suspects drug dealing in their neighbourhood to call West Midlands Police on the 101 number. He added: “We take all reports of drugs dealing seriously and information from the public is crucial in building up an intelligence picture of who’s behind the supply. “
The community repeatedly tell us they want us to tackle drug dealing as a priority as it attracts an undesirable element and fuels crime. The raft of arrests in south Birmingham last summer shows we will take strong action to remove offenders and protect communities.”