‘Jumped up taxi driver’ lied about role as £2m drug kingpin’s right hand man

A man claimed he was just a "jumped up taxi driver," before cops found out he was the second in command of a £2m drug gang leader.

David Rawling has played himself out to be a taxi driver, however was caught when he was recorded in his car discussing criminal activities.

The 38-year-old, who worked closely with drug kingpin Colin Jones, 49, was arrested after a huge police operation to bring the gang down, reports Liverpool Echo.

He was part of the Liverpool men who build up a drug empire from Merseyside across the UK.

Colin Jones was also jailed for 21 years on Wednesday.

Rawling was one of six more people jailed in Wales on Thursday, connected to the massive operation that is currently being dismantled by authorities, reports North Wales Live.

Eleven out of 18 defendants in the case have now been jailed for a total of 103 years.

Mold Crown Court heard that Jones' operation involved an "industrial" and "nationwide" scale of criminal activity that stretched from Liverpool and Connah’s Quay to Devon, Cornwall and Scotland, with police in Operation Tide catching 18 gang members.

Prosecutor Andrew Jones told Mold Crown Court that Rawling, of Lily Road in Litherland, had claimed he was merely a "jumped up taxi driver" from Merseyside.

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He was heard directing fellow conspirator Jack Jones, 28, in wearing gloves when handling drugs bought by users ringing an Echo Line.

Mr Jones said this "exposed the fallacy" that Rawling was only a "jumped up taxi driver".

The court heard how drugs boss Jones even put Rawling through a lie detector test – which he passed.

Jones trusted Rawling, as seen in Rawling’s involvement in a plan to cause a co-conspirator Lee Go really serious harm, said the prosecutor.

Rawling was jailed for a total of 15 and a half years – 11 for conspiring to supply heroin, cocaine and amphetamine to parts of North Wales, England and Scotland between January 1, 2017 and September 6, 2020 and four and a half years for causing GBH to Lee Go.

The sentences are to be served consecutively.

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