Teenage dealer in 'sophisticated' Southampton drug gang jailed

Daily Echo: JAILED: Anton Asutaitis. JAILED: Anton Asutaitis.

THE youngest member of a drugs gang who peddled heroin and crack cocaine on the streets of Southampton has been jailed.

Anton Asutaitis was just 17 years old when he was “groomed” by his friend’s older brother and quickly became involved with the drugs ring who were “fuelling for domination” in the city.

Known as the ‘Marcus’ network, eight others were involved in what a judge described as a “reasonably sophisticated” operation in which Class A drugs were brought from London and dealt on the city streets.

But the gang were busted by police following a lengthy undercover operation which was sparked when key player Aaron Conway was shot in the foot by a rival group brandishing an automatic machine gun, during the early hours of April 9, 2011.

When nobody would give evidence about the shooting, in which seven shots were fired at a property in Northumberland Road, detectives were able to get on their trail having recovered a mobile phone central to the network.

Known as the “dirty” phone, it contained the numbers of key people but was also used by people placing orders.

Concerned with the escalating drugs-related violence in the city, which later led to the launch of Operation Fortress – a targeted crackdown on drug related violence – they tracked the movements of the group as drugs were brought to a number of houses in Southampton from London.

Officers also went undercover and managed to buy heroin and crack cocaine on a variety of occasions at locations across Southampton.

In August last year seven members were jailed for a total of 29 years for their part in the conspiracy while an eighth member, said to be on the very edge of the crime, was given a chance to turn his life around and get off drugs.

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Now the final member of the gang has been sent to prison for his part, despite a judge having some sympathy for the fact he was lured into the activity.

Southampton Crown Court heard how, in his defence, Asutaitis, who is now 19, had come from a troubled background and spent most of his childhood in care.

Jailing Asutaitis for 32 months, Judge Gary Burrell told him he was aware of the scale of the operation even if he had been “groomed into the role by Conway” who used him to do his drugs bidding and running in return for food and clothing.

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7:21pm Tue 5 Feb 13

10 Minute Man says...

Troubled childhood
Led astray by older criminal

Yeah yeah heard it all before. Change the record, put away the violins, bang him up for a good long stretch.

Next it will be "the poor lamb should be excused from jail as he has a poorly finger after shooting someone..."
Troubled childhood Led astray by older criminal Yeah yeah heard it all before. Change the record, put away the violins, bang him up for a good long stretch. Next it will be "the poor lamb should be excused from jail as he has a poorly finger after shooting someone..." 10 Minute Man
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7:45pm Tue 5 Feb 13

J.P.M says...

10 Minute Man wrote:
Troubled childhood
Led astray by older criminal

Yeah yeah heard it all before. Change the record, put away the violins, bang him up for a good long stretch.

Next it will be "the poor lamb should be excused from jail as he has a poorly finger after shooting someone..."
You don't no nuthing ten minute man. You need to e-x-perience the dwell to know how to hold it. No what I mean?
[quote][p][bold]10 Minute Man[/bold] wrote: Troubled childhood Led astray by older criminal Yeah yeah heard it all before. Change the record, put away the violins, bang him up for a good long stretch. Next it will be "the poor lamb should be excused from jail as he has a poorly finger after shooting someone..."[/p][/quote]You don't no nuthing ten minute man. You need to e-x-perience the dwell to know how to hold it. No what I mean? J.P.M
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1:06am Wed 6 Feb 13

10 Minute Man says...

Nope, you've lost me there.

*know
*anything
*Ten Minute Man
*experience
*Know
Nope, you've lost me there. *know *anything *Ten Minute Man *experience *Know 10 Minute Man
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9:57pm Wed 6 Feb 13

wake up says...

did the police give him a capacchino before taking his photo ? nasty top lip coffee stain..
did the police give him a capacchino before taking his photo ? nasty top lip coffee stain.. wake up
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10:46am Thu 7 Feb 13

sotonboy84 says...

J.P.M wrote:
10 Minute Man wrote: Troubled childhood Led astray by older criminal Yeah yeah heard it all before. Change the record, put away the violins, bang him up for a good long stretch. Next it will be "the poor lamb should be excused from jail as he has a poorly finger after shooting someone..."
You don't no nuthing ten minute man. You need to e-x-perience the dwell to know how to hold it. No what I mean?
So anybody who's experienced any type of hardship in their life has an excuse to turn to serious crime?

I think that's what this ghetto talk translates to.
[quote][p][bold]J.P.M[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]10 Minute Man[/bold] wrote: Troubled childhood Led astray by older criminal Yeah yeah heard it all before. Change the record, put away the violins, bang him up for a good long stretch. Next it will be "the poor lamb should be excused from jail as he has a poorly finger after shooting someone..."[/p][/quote]You don't no nuthing ten minute man. You need to e-x-perience the dwell to know how to hold it. No what I mean?[/p][/quote]So anybody who's experienced any type of hardship in their life has an excuse to turn to serious crime? I think that's what this ghetto talk translates to. sotonboy84
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