The owner of a British record company, accused of leading a double life as a member of a gang and captured with a loaded pistol, balaclava and gloves – at which point he claimed that he wanted to use all this to record a music video -, was sentenced this friday to 12 years in prison.
Prosecutors alleged at trial that 34-year-old Zico Reid was a “highly respected” member of the Rusholme Crips, one of Manchester’s best known street gangs (United Kingdom), according to they report local media. He was arrested in August 2019 during a police surveillance operation, after being found in an alley in the south of the city, where a Walther pistol was also found.
“Zico is without a doubt someone who has earned his stripes within the Rusholme Crips,” said Graham Parry, agent for the Greater Manchester County Police Anti-Gang Task Force, during the recent court hearing. aforementioned per Daily Mail. “He has done very well to survive so long,” he said, adding that the man had been detected in association with known gang members.
For his part, Reid admitted to possessing a firearm, but denied being related to gang activity. He stated that he needed the gun after supposedly your business partner “got kidnapped”. He alleged that unknown persons warned him that “he would be next” and demanded about $ 140,000 and 10 kilos of heroin and cocaine to deliver safely to his partner from the record company, Quality Street Records.
Asked why he was wearing gloves and a balaclava when he was detained, Reid told officers that had plans to “shoot a music video“” We were going to take a few guys out on motorcycles, “he said.
Police also arrested 29-year-old Ali Ismail, accused along with Reid, who admitted possessing a firearm with the intention of causing fear, as well as possessing prohibited ammunition and having a piercing object. According to the authorities, both men they were in contact that same day.
Ismail was also sentenced this Friday, to six years and nine months in jail.