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big blow Notorious Liverpool drug dealer supplied by Kinahan cartel fails to get 26-year jail sentence reduced

Notorious Liverpool gangster was made by the Kinahans, but was later captured and handed a 'severe' sentence

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Liam 'The Lam' Cornett was handed a 26 year sentence for leading the Liverpool-based crime gang

Liam 'The Lam' Cornett was handed a 26 year sentence for leading the Liverpool-based crime gang

Liam 'The Lam' Cornett was handed a 26 year sentence for leading the Liverpool-based crime gang

A notorious Liverpool drugs dealer who was supplied directly by the Kinahan cartel has failed in his bid to have a 26-year prison sentence overturned, it has emerged.

Liam Cornett, 29, was a mid-level player in the drugs world until he crossed paths with ‘The Cartel’, run by father and son Christy and Danny Kinahan, who recognised Cornett, also known as ‘The Lam’, had a burning desire and the ‘talent’ to progress in the underworld.

Known as an intelligent and diligent gangster, Cornett was entrusted by the Kinahans as their main point of contact in Liverpool, where they enlisted him to flood England, Scotland and Wales with cocaine, heroin and amphetamines.

Getting ‘in’ with the Kinahans was said by underworld sources to have brought Cornett to the “next level”.

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After becoming the Kinahan's main point of contact in Liverpool, his drugs money funded a lavish lifestyle

After becoming the Kinahan's main point of contact in Liverpool, his drugs money funded a lavish lifestyle

After becoming the Kinahan's main point of contact in Liverpool, his drugs money funded a lavish lifestyle

Having started out as a corner boy in the Breck Road area of Liverpool, peddling small quantities of drugs to addicts, the Kinahan connection introduced The Lam to a money-soaked world of horse racing, partying in glamorous cities like Monte Carlo and spending vast wads of cash on jewellery, luxury watches and sports cars.

With the backing of The Cartel, Cornett expanded his operation into southern Spain, centring his operation in Marbella, where the Kinahans continue to grow as an imposing and intimidating force in the region’s notoriously ruthless and bloody drugs trade.

Cornett’s day finally came after the North West Regional Crime Squad in England launched a crackdown on his operation in 2017, which led to several raids being carried out against his gang members.

Now a high-level dealer with a rap sheet of 27 convictions for a total of 45 offences between 2006 and 2017, he was later arrested coming off a plane with a watch worth around £60k dangling from his wrist, prosecuted and found guilty of being the head of the drugs gang having pleaded guilty.

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Cornett was arrested coming off a plane in Manchester with a watch valued at around £60k on his wrist

Cornett was arrested coming off a plane in Manchester with a watch valued at around £60k on his wrist

Cornett was arrested coming off a plane in Manchester with a watch valued at around £60k on his wrist

He was handed a whopping 26-year sentence. In the dock with him was co-accused Michael Rice who went down for 12 years and eight months.

It has now emerged Cornett recently applied for an appeal in an attempt to have his sentence reduced.

However, while the court accepted that the initial sentence was stern, a judge referenced The Lam’s position as boss of the gang and refused to allow his tariff to be shortened.

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The judgement read out in court told of how “Cornett’s sentence of 26 years’ imprisonment was undoubtedly severe”.

“However, these cases must turn on their own precise facts and the assistance to be drawn from the sort of comparison that has been urged upon us is necessarily limited.

"We have already drawn attention to the duration, scale, sophistication and geographical scope of this conspiracy. The judge was abreast of all its salient aggravating features and we cannot conclude that the sentence was manifestly excessive. Cornett's appeal must therefore be dismissed."

The judgement also referenced Cornett’s links to Spain.

"Liam Cornett lived mostly in Spain and returned to Liverpool when necessary. He was the ringleader and a principal organiser within the OCG (Organised Crime Gang) and was involved in setting up the network.

"The term used by Mr Andrew Thomas QC for the prosecution was that he was in effect the chief executive officer and that corresponds with the evidence. His luxurious lifestyle stood him apart from the other conspirators. His role was mainly strategic in expanding the drug supply network outside Liverpool by negotiating with other OCGs in Plymouth, Torquay and Cardiff."

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