Gang boss blamed ‘rat’ brother for downfall while hiding out in Spain

A man who ran a drugs gang with his brother branded him a “rat” as the pair went into hiding in Spain.

Terence Nash blamed the “greed” of his sibling Anthony, 36, for their troubles and said he would never speak to him again, text messages revealed.

The brothers went on the run after police raided one of their safe houses, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Their drug dealing enterprise, based in their hometown of Kirkby, Merseyside, crumbled across a single week in September 2019.

Police seized £32,000 in cash from one property, before raiding another safe house where 7kg of cocaine, three guns, 20 bullets and five grenades were recovered.

The weapons could all be linked to Terence, 35, along with a bag containing the grenades.

Although his brother was cleared of any link to the firearms, the packaging containing the drugs could be linked to both siblings.

Meanwhile, an associate was caught by officers with almost half a kilogram of cocaine.

It meant the gang had lost £740,000 worth of cocaine, cash and weapons in just a matter of days.

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Manchester Crown Court heard the second raid led the brothers to catch a ferry to Ireland before flying to Spain.

They stayed there for weeks, but text messages revealed they had fallen out in hiding.

Keith Sutton, prosecuting, said: "Whilst in Spain, messages between them gave an indication of Terence Nash’s concern about being put in prison if he returned to the UK and of his anger that Anthony Nash’s greed had been the cause of them having to go to Spain and resulting in Terence Nash losing everything.”

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Messages from Terence to Anthony included: "We wouldn't be here if you wasn't such a greedy [expletive]. I know it, you know it, end of."

He also wrote: "If I didn't bother with you and your greedy ways I would be sound. F*** off."

Further texts saw Terence brand his brother a “rat”, adding: "I will never speak to you again."

Judge Suzanne Goddard said the pair fled to Spain "until you both found life away from home too difficult to contemplate".

After returning home they were arrested in December 2019.

Terence admitted conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and was convicted of a string of firearms charges and possessing criminal property.

He was jailed for 24 years.

His brother was convicted of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and conspiracy to possess criminal property and was jailed for 15-and-a-half years.

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