Drug trafficker ‘Stocky Giant’ armed himself with grenades over £750,000 threat

A drug trafficker known as “Stocky Giant” who was “completely out of his depth” in the cocaine trade armed himself with a bag of hand grenades because he feared enforcers were coming to collect a £750,000 debt.

Peter Bradshaw and his business partner Graham Minards secretly plotted to ship tens of millions of pounds of illicit class A substances across the UK from Merseyside.

The pair and a third conspirator, Michael Aboo, have now been jailed for a combined total of 45 years.

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Liverpool Crown Court heard how Bradshaw "struggled to pay his debtors" and spoke about raising funds by remortgaging a number of flats and properties he was renovating.

By June 2020, Bradshaw had racked up "significant debts" and was coming under serious threat – particularly from a higher-ranking drug dealer known on the encrypted EnchoChart system as FierceCrow.

But discussions between Bradshaw and his co-conspirator Minards suggested they "had weapons and contacts who could beat him up," reports the Liverpool Echo.

One text sent by Bradshaw on June 12, 2020, read: "Mate, me and Tony have got a gym bag full of them. I've got pineapples [hand grenades] and everything I bought years ago.

"It's not about that. He has crossed the line saying kids and that lar."

Minards then replied: "Lad I've got kids here by my mum's who blow any c***'s head off never mind legs, f*** him."

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Bradshaw was arrested on September 16, 2021, while driving a Mercedes on after police stopped his car in Liverpool’s Old Swan district.

Officers seized £5,820 in cash from him, as well as discovering a "series of different properties" linked to him.

His two previous convictions include an eight-and-a-half year jail term handed down for the importation of class A drugs in 2011 as part of a £14m plot in Cumbria.

Bradshaw also received a suspended sentence for assault occasioning actual bodily harm in 2019 after breaking a man's nose during an attack in a bar in Liverpool city centre.

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Dominic Thomas, defending Bradshaw, told the court that the dad-of-three's involvement in the underworld ending with him owing debts of some £750,000 – resulting in "serious threats being made to him". He added: "There is a plain and obvious hierarchy.

"There are those at the top in Dubai, the likes of FierceCrow and HeinekenBooze, acting for great profit. Next down in the hierarchy, we find, is Mr Minards.

"One step down from him is Mr Bradshaw. While in some sense these men acted in concert, effectively as partners, Mr Bradshaw was very much the junior partner.

"He was a man completely out of his depth and unable to operate at this level, failing to generate any personal profit and digging a bigger and bigger hole. This is a defendant lacking in the business brain this would require. Whatever advantage there was to be made, he made little or none. Quite the opposite.

"This is a man who is sorry for what he has done and is determined to put it right. There is another side to Mr Bradshaw, a much more attractive side."

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Bradshaw admitted conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, amphetamine and cannabis. Appearing via video link from HMP Manchester, on Friday, he was jailed for 19 years.

Sentencing, Judge David Aubrey KC described him as being "immersed in the pernicious world of class A drugs" and added: "You were a major part of the conspiracy. You were trading in desperation and destitution, driven by greed and with a complete disregard for the wellbeing of others and the impact your dealings had on the fabric of society in which we all live.

Referring to the secure EncroChat system, the judge added: "You thought you were invincible, protected by the phone in your hands – but that has proven to be your downfall.

"You were an integral part of this conspiracy. You and your partner were organising the buying and selling of drugs on a commercial, if not industrial, scale."

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