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‘Scouse Escobar’ drug smuggler out of prison gets a huge increase in sentence

The Christopher Welsh facility, from Eastham, Wirral, sold heroin and cocaine from the prison after he was jailed and has now had his sentence extended following his mobile phone arrest

Christopher Welsh base was known as "Scouse Escobar"
Christopher Welsh establishment was known as “Scouse Escobar”

A drug dealer nicknamed “Scouse Escobar” has received a major prison sentence extension after being found carrying a cell phone in prison.

Prison officers discovered junior Christopher Welsh had a phone in a prison and then, after he was transferred, linked him to another illegal device.

The 43-year-old is serving a 28-year sentence for two separate drug plots – including one managed by his father, senior Christopher Welsh, reports Echoes of Liverpool.

The Welshman was initially jailed in April 2013 for his role in a £200m cross-border drug network whose leading figures include his father, who also locked up.

Their operation saw large quantities of heroin and high purity cocaine trafficked to Scotland as they pursued “wealth and the good life”.







Pablo Escobar is the leader of the Medellin gang in Colombia
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The gang’s success has led the Welsh juniors to enjoy casual holidays in Mexico, Spain, the Netherlands, Greece and the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh.

His spending power is so much that he spent £57,000 bringing 40 friends and family to Cancun for his wedding in June 2011.

Modeling herself for Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, the photos show friends in Mexico wearing “Pablo’s moose” T-shirts.

The Welsh establishment was sentenced to 16 years in prison when a dedicated police unit ensured the gang’s downfall.

He refused to let the loss of his freedom stop him and the “sophisticated and determined” criminal returned to the heroin and cocaine trade just two months after being locked up.

During the course of two separate plots, class A and B drugs with an estimated value of £3 million were moved from Merseyside to other areas between July 2013 and September 2014.







The Welsh establishment has its prison term extended at Caernarfon Crown Court
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The Welshman, formerly of Lyndale Avenue in Eastham, Wirral, used smuggled mobile phones and SIM cards to direct transport carriers north to Scotland.

He received a 12-year sentence for his role in that plot – a penalty that was added to the 16-year term he already served.

The 43-year-old found himself in trouble with authorities after he was twice found holding his phone in prison in 2020 and 2021.

Last week, Caernarfon Crown Court heard he was found in possession of an iPhone and a SIM card in HMP Wymott, Lancashire, in August of that year and then, after being transferred to HMP Berwyn in Wales, he was found with a small Zanco. mobile phone and single SIM in April next year.

The court said he used his cell phone to communicate with his family during the restrictive prison regimes enacted during various coronavirus detentions.

The Welsh facility admitted possession of specific items in prison and was sentenced to six months in prison for the offences – a period that would add to the 28 years he was serving.

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