Drug den home to be demolished for new tower block

Wednesday, 3 April 2024 23:49

By Christian Barnett, Local Democracy Reporter

A home used by a drug gang as a safehouse will be demolished to make way for a new tower block.

The five-bed home in Green Street, West Bromwich, was used to store crack cocaine and heroin by drug-dealing brothers Dylon and Reis Salhan,  before it was raided by police in 2022.

The pair, alongside their cousin Gurvinder Dari, were subsequently jailed. Reis Salhan, 24, and Dylon Salhan, 25, both of Lightwoods Road, Smethwick – and Dari, 29, of The Riddings, Cannock, were each jailed for 12 years at Wolverhampton Crown Court on July 3, 2023.

All three admitted one count of being concerned in the production of a class A drug, three counts of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply and one count of possession of a class B drug with intent to supply. 

Sandwell Council’s planning committee approved a plan to see the former five-bed home off the busy Kenrick Way demolished to make way for an 11-storey tower block with 60 flats.

The council’s planning committee approved the application in November last year – with agreements now reached and the paperwork signed off by the planning department.

More details about the 11-storey tower block and the design of the 60 flats would be included in a separate application, Claremont Planning said, which would need to be approved by the council before work could start.

The 60 flats would be built next to four 17-storey tower blocks in the Kenrick Park estate. The four tower blocks, Lissimore House, Mountford House, Greenford House and Kenrick House all date back to the 1960s. 

A cache of drugs, including crack cocaine and heroin, along with almost £127,000 was uncovered when police stormed the Green Street safehouse in 2022, according to BirminghamLive. 

Following the raid in July that year, police found three kilos of powdered cocaine worth £90,000. Officers also found more than 450g of crack cocaine and 650g of heroin – worth a combined £30,000 – and more than eight kilos of cannabis valued at £32,000.

Police also discovered more than £126,000 cash, as well as nearly 200 wraps of heroin and cocaine, cutting agents for heroin and bottles of ammonia.


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