A man was caught messaging another dealer about drugs nicknamed ‘b’, ‘snotty’ and ‘blue cheese’. Christopher McNamara, 33, was hauled before the courts after Christopher Taylor was investigated for dealing class A drugs.
After analyzing his mobile phone, officers found a series of messages between Taylor and McNamara, of Sale, talking about different deals with customers and prices of drugs. They specifically spoke about cocaine, known as “snotty”, cannabis, or “blue cheese”, and heroin, referred to as “b”.
Prosecutor Henry Blackshaw said it was ‘quite clear’ from the messages that McNamara worked directly under Taylor. I have added that both men reported to another man, Ashley Blackett.
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“There is reference to ‘b’, which is slang for heroin, and there are messages between Mr Taylor and Mr McNamara and back again,” Mr Blackshaw told Manchester Crown Court. “They talk about the use of violence to enforce drug debt and reference individuals.”
In one message, Taylor said to McNamara: “I need to make some money bro [he’s] on my case and we gonna end up fighting.” McNamara responded: “Yh I get ya bro im skint just ad a barny with that kid over 80 quid told him if he carries on il blow is ed off n tax im.”
Mr Blackshaw said this suggests that McNamara was ‘short of money’ and that he’d had an argument with ‘some kid’ and that he had threatened to shoot him in the head and steal his money.
Taylor then responded: “whos that? That young kid that tryna sell b and w?” In a further conversation, Taylor asks: “u gt any powder” to which McNamara replied: “is it 550 for alf”.
The prosecutor said this was a discussion about the availability of half an ounce of cocaine, also known as ‘powder’.
In another message, McNamara said: “Yh man fink jus finkin o doin this night no c*** is wanting 2 buy coz them [Polish] c**** knocking out you at 95 p****.” Taylor responded: “What’s that?” then later said: “Blue cheese buds drivin prices down f****** polish c****”.
“These messages relate to a complaint by Taylor regarding the cheap sale of cannabis by a Polish crime gang and that they are selling an ounce of ‘blue cheese’ strain for £95.00, disrupting their ability to sell their cannabis competitively,” Mr Blackshaw said .
There were further messages about somebody trying to rob Taylor and McNamara responding ‘with sympathy’ to him. McNamara was arrested at an address in Stockport originally for an offense of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs, but later pleaded guilty to an alternate offense of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs.
He was said to have one previous conviction for possession of MDMA for which he was fined. Ashley Blackett, Wesley Blackett and Christopher Taylor have already pleaded guilty in connection with the offenses and await sentence, the court heard.
Mitigating, Andrew Marsh said his client was ‘quite a different man’ today than he was when the offenses occurred in September 2019. Quoting a psychiatric report, he said that McNamara was a former drug addict and became involved to fund that addiction.
“He has now turned his life around, he is steady and settled, and though he does have significant mental health problems, he has been drug free for some years,” Mr Marsh said. “He has shown a positive contribution towards society and has abstained from crime.”
Sentencing, the Recorder of Manchester, Judge Nicholas Dean QC said: “It seems to me to be clear that you were something of a hopeless drug addict that led you to behave as you did, involving yourself in the peripheral supply of drugs. But it’s also clear you have made real efforts to tackle your addiction.”
McNamara, of Whalley Avenue, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment which was suspended for two years, as well as 20 days of rehabilitation activity requirements.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.