Man questioned 13 times over Manchester bombing becomes wanted suspect in multi-million dollar drug gang

His trial at the Old Bailey heard how he had procured shrapnel and chemicals to build the bomb and convinced unwitting friends to buy component chemicals through their Amazon accounts.

Nassrat grew up close to the Abedi brothers in Manchester and was a member of the city’s Libyan community. Salman even stayed with his family when his parents visited Tripoli.

During the Manchester Arena investigation, it was alleged that pictures of Nassrat’s bank card had been sent to Ebrahim Sadigh to be passed on to Hashem Abedi.

Audaber, another suspected Abedi brothers collaborator, was also linked to an IP address from which an attempt was made to purchase hydrogen peroxide. He was never arrested.

Sadigh, 30, and 23-year-old Audaber were convicted along with Sadigh’s younger brother, Mohammed Sadigh, 22, Hamam Alhamruni, 24, and Hamza Azouz, 31.

Manchester Crown Court heard how the gang were part of an elaborate conspiracy involving the distribution of £10million in drugs.

They sold MDMA, cocaine, cannabis and ketamine across Manchester and the North West of England before finally being arrested in December 2020.

Drug gang caught just weeks before Manchester attack

The gang were caught just weeks before the Manchester Arena bombing, when police began investigating an accident in the Rusholme area involving a stolen car.

Not only did they find drugs in the car, they also discovered a number of cell phones, which helped uncover the gang’s activities.

When they searched the Sadigh brothers’ home, they discovered a large quantity of drugs and thousands of pounds in cash and luxury items.

Neil Fryman, prosecutor, told the court: “A number of items indicative of a lavish lifestyle were also seized, including designer clothing, a Rolex watch box and a personalized license plate attributed to Mohammed, reading ‘R900 MOE’ .”

The Sadigh brothers were sentenced to 11 and 7 years respectively after they both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine, MDMA, cannabis and ketamine.

Audaber was jailed for 12 years after pleading guilty to the same charges as well as a number of other offenses including possession of a loaded firearm. Azouz and Alhamruni were each sentenced to six years in prison.

Police try to target those behind the “street vendor”.

Detective Sergeant Richard Bolt of GMP’s Serious Crime Division said: “The investigation was complex and stretched over several years, collating seemingly isolated incidents to target those behind the ‘street dealer’.

“This is done to prosecute people further up the chain who often go unnoticed or unpunished for their actions. The convictions and sentences show that no matter where you are in this chain, you are not immune from police attention.”

Detective Inspector Madeline Kelly of the City of Manchester’s Xcalibre Task Force, whose team led the investigation, said: “Our top priority is the safety of the public and we are committed to removing firearms, weapons and drugs from the streets of Greater Manchester remove.

“We know that if we seize these items or put someone behind bars we cannot stop and we will continue to pursue criminals across Manchester to bring them to justice and to ensure the safety of the communities we serve. I want to thank our officers for their work in successfully taking the higher levels of this criminal operation off our streets.”

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