North West Regional Organised Crime Unit
 

Operation Cannon

Operation Cannon is a pro-active investigation, conducted by Titan into an organised crime group who have been distributing controlled drugs, namely high purity cocaine, from Merseyside to North Wales and other parts of the UK.

The investigation was conducted around the criminal activities of Mark BURKE B:15/07/78 and Callum BRAYTON B:26/10/90, both reside at Birkdale Court, Tarbock Road, Huyton, Liverpool, L36 0RQ.

BURKE plays a leading role in the organisation and distribution of controlled drugs and uses BRAYTON as his trusted lieutenant. BURKE and BRAYTON are rarely seen together, although they do live in the same block of apartments within Birkdale Court.

Paul WILLIAMS B:25/09/65. William's sourced high purity Cocaine from BURKE and BRAYTON for distribution in the North Wales area. Telephone evidence showed BURKE and BRAYTON communicating with each other and BRAYTON then contacting WILLIAMS to arrange drug collection in the Huyton area of Liverpool.On Thursday 28th April 2016 Paul WILLIAMS travelled to Huyton in his taxi and briefly met Callum BRAYTON. On his return to North Wales WILLIAMS was stopped on Rhuallt Hill, St Asaph, Wales and found to be in possession of :
41.8 grams of cocaine with a purity percentage of 87 %.
Street value £4,180.

WILLIAMS was interviewed and stated that he purchased drugs from the Liverpool / Manchester area to sell in the North Wales area after having the drug "bashed" or mixed with adulterants by an unnamed associate in the North Wales area. He stated that the money contributing to clearing his gambling debts.
He was also in possession of a drug 'tick list' and explained that this was a list of drugs customers and the amounts referred to monies owed to himself for drugs.

An iphone belonging to WILLIAMS showed contact between WILLIAMS, BURKE & BRAYTON in the days preceding this meeting. Text messages showed drug dealing activity in the form of requests for drugs from customers, WILLIAMS chasing customers for drugs payments and reference to 'mixing' before distribution.

On Wednesday 18th May 2016 Callum BRAYTON was seen leaving Birkdale Court and using a public telephone kiosk on St Johns Road to ring a male from Lincolnshire.
Later that day BRAYTON met this male on St Johns Road and handed him a Tesco bag for life.
At 14.08 hours the male was stopped by Police Officers in GMP and the bag was found to contain over half a kilo of cocaine. That male was later charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs namely cocaine, and on 17th September 2016 at Bolton Crown Court was sentenced to 52 months imprisonment after pleading guilty.

The combined weight for the cocaine is 558.67 grams with a combined street total of £49,239.

On Friday 22nd July 2016 Following a surveillance operation Mark Taylor (25/9/78) was arrested by Merseyside Police Officers in Huyton. He was on route to meet Callum BRAYTON and hand him a rucksack he was 'looking after' for BURKE & BRAYTON. (TAYLOR was acquitted after a trial at Liverpool Crown Court for PWITS)

The black Nike rucksack contained £23,820 cash
1.7 Kilo's of cocaine worth £107,680.
376.2 grams of heroin worth £37,620.

As well quantities of paracetamol and caffeine for use as adulterants. DNA and fingerprints inside the bag linked BURKE and BRAYTON to the drugs.

On Wednesday 12th October 2016, Officers from Titan and Merseyside Police conducted warrants at the home addresses of Mark BURKE and Callum BRAYTON. Both BURKE and BRAYTON were located at their respective addresses and arrested for conspiracy to supply Class A controlled drugs and money laundering.

Recovered from 25 Birkdale Court, the home address of BURKE, was a quantity of cash, mobile phones and sim cards. Also found in the toilet basin, was a VW Golf key. The corresponding car was found parked nearby and found to contain further mobile phones and two Roles watches.
Recovered the search of 22 Birkdale Court, the home address of Callum BRAYTON was a quantity of cash, numerous mobile phone devices, 2 x sets of scales, 2 x blender machine, gloves, masks and a cash counting machine.

BURKE, BRAYTON & WILLIAMS were all charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs and pleaded 'Guilty' at Liverpool Crown Court on 10/11/2016.

Several prestige vehicles and assets such as designer clothing and electrical goods were seized from BURKE & BRAYTON under Section 47 of the Proceeds Of Crime Act (POCA).

UPDATES 22/11/2017

TITAN can confirm that three men have been jailed Wednesday, 22 November 2017 at Liverpool Crown Court for a total of more than 23 years for drugs offences.

Mark Burke, 39, of Tarbock Road, Huyton, was jailed for 10 years imprisonment for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. He was also sentenced for disqualified driving.

Callum Brayton, 27, of Tarbock Road, Huyton was jailed for eight years seven months imprisonment for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Paul Williams, 42, of Fern Avenue, Prestatyn was jailed for five years for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Burke and Brayton were arrested at their homes after search warrants were executed across Merseyside and North Wales in relation to the suspected supply of Class A drugs and money laundering on 12 October 2016. Several prestige vehicles and assets such as designer clothing and electrical goods were seized under Section 47 of the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Detective Inspector Nick Hughes: "The sentencing of these three men clearly shows how seriously the courts take the supply of Class A on the streets of Merseyside and further afield.

"They, as with others involved in serious and organised crime, never gave a second thought to the effects of their involvement in the supply of Class A drugs, and were consumed by their own greed and the desire to make money off the misery of others.

"I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to anyone who has any information about serious organised crime to come forward and tell us. If you let us know, I can assure you we will take positive action and help you to improve your community."

Convicted

Mark Burke

Mark Burke

10 Years

Callum Brayton

Callum Brayton

8 Years 7 Months

Paul Williams

Paul Williams

5 Years