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Five men guilty of dealer murder
Kevin Nunes
Kevin Nunes was shot dead in a country lane in 2002
Five men have been found guilty of murdering a drug dealer who was cutting in on their crack cocaine business.

Kevin Nunes, 20, of Wolverhampton, was abducted and driven to a country lane in Staffordshire in 2002 where he was shot dead, Leicester Crown Court heard.

The jury was told he was killed by a gang for cutting in on their 40,000-a-week drug run from Wolverhampton to Aberdeen.

The men found guilty of murdering him are expected to be sentenced on Monday.

They are: Adam Joof, 27, of Derwent Close, Willenhall; Antonio Christie, 28, of Devey Drive, Great Bridge; Levi Solomon Walker, 28, originally from Birmingham; Owen Crooks, 26, of Wolverhampton, and Michael Osbourne, 28, of Hobgate Road, Heath Town, Wolverhampton.

Tottenham Hotspur

They were all involved in exporting drugs from the West Midlands and selling them in Aberdeen at a big profit.

Mr Nunes had been operating the route himself and had been arrested in the Scottish city on 17 September 2002 charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice after giving a false name.

The court heard two days later Mr Nunes had been picked up from an address in Wolverhampton and driven to a remote rural spot near Pattingham where he was shot five times in the chest, leg and arm.

Born in Jamaica, he had moved to the UK in 1998, moving to the Penn Fields area of Wolverhampton in 2002.

Adam Joof and Levi Walker
Adam Joof, Levi Walker and three others were found guilty

A keen footballer, he had been on the books of Tottenham Hotspur and had trained with Stafford Rangers.

Detectives described Joof as a "Godfather" figure who called his Scottish operation "a goldmine".

He is thought to have been earning 40,000-a-week from the class A drug trade.

Det Supt Joe Costello, of Staffordshire Police, said a mixture of forensic work and convincing witnesses to give evidence had led to the convictions.

He added: "Although Staffordshire Police clearly recognises that Kevin Nunes was a dealer in drugs, he was nevertheless the victim of a serious crime and we wish to renew our condolences to his family.

"This verdict will help to bring closure for them after five years of waiting to hear who killed him, and why."

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11 Jan 08 |  West Midlands

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