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The 'godfather' drugs run murder

The country lane near Pattingham
Mr Nunes was taken to a country lane and shot
When the streets of Wolverhampton became saturated in 2002 with dealers selling crack cocaine, gangs started looking elsewhere to make profits.

Drug runs between the West Midlands and Aberdeen were set up, where drug takers were prepared to pay twice the price for a rock of crack.

However, it was Kevin Nunes' involvement in these sorts of runs that cost the 20-year-old his life.

From a young age, Mr Nunes had shown potential as a footballer and trained with Stafford Rangers and had later been on the books of Tottenham Hotspur.

'The godfather'

However, on 17 September 2002, Mr Nunes was picked up by police in Aberdeen and charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice after giving a false name.

Staffordshire Police said they "clearly recognised" Mr Nunes as "a dealer in drugs".

Kevin Nunes
Kevin Nunes had shown potential as a footballer

This arrest alerted Adam Joof, who police dubbed as a "godfather"-type character, to the fact that someone else was interfering on his territory.

Det Ch Insp Willy Findlay, of the Grampian Drug Squad, said: "A rock of crack in Wolverhampton costs in the region of about 10 or 20.

"The same block of crack can sell on the streets of Aberdeen for 50."

Det Ch Insp Findlay said Joof, 27, of Derwent Close, Willenhall, had links to individuals across Aberdeen.

"He was the godfather in sending the drugs north and organising the distribution of these drugs on the streets of Aberdeen," Det Ch Insp Findlay said.

Remote farm track

Joof was making up to 40,000 a week and ordered his gang to eliminate the competition.

Owen Crooks, 26, from Heath Town, Wolverhampton, picked Mr Nunes up in a car from a Wolverhampton address on the day of his death.

Crooks drove to the car park of The Fox Inn in Pattingham, Staffordshire, where a Toyota Corolla with Joof inside and a Volkswagen Golf containing Levi Walker and Antonio Christie, were parked.

Narel Sharpe
Narel Sharpe was murdered by Levi Walker

Both armed, Joof and Christie, 28, of Devey Drive, Great Bridge, ordered Nunes to get out of the car.

He was led into the back of the Toyota at gunpoint, and was driven off by a man who later became a prosecution witness.

The car pulled up at a remote farm track followed by the Volkswagen.

Walker, 28, got out of the VW and approached the Toyota.

Christie poked Mr Nunes with the barrel of the gun as Joof reached into the back of the car, grabbed Mr Nunes by his collar and pulled him from the vehicle.

Joof and Christie walked Mr Nunes up a farm track before Joof argued with Mr Nunes and shots were fired.

Mr Nunes died from five gunshot wounds to his chest, leg and arm.

Gold chain

Levi Walker, originally from Birmingham, is already serving a life sentence for the murder of a soldier shot dead hours after arriving back in the UK on leave.

Narel Sharpe, who served in Iraq, was shot by Walker in Smethwick in September 2004 in a robbery as he made his way home on leave to celebrate his 21st birthday and his mother's 40th.

Trooper Sharpe died after he fought back when Walker tried to steal his gold chain.

Walker was jailed for the murder in April 2006.

All five gang members were convicted of Mr Nunes' murder on Friday.

They will all be sentenced for life, but will appear in court again on Monday to hear what minimum sentences they must serve.

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