A Bradford man has been jailed over a plot to import 230 kilos of high purity heroin in a specially-adapted Jaguar car.Read the full story ›
A Bradford man has been jailed for his part in a plot to import 230 kilos of heroin in a specially-adapted Jaguar car.
The heroin was concealed in the bumpers, wheel arches, dashboard, central console, spare wheel compartment, engine and rear seating.
32-year-old Noman Qureshi and another man were sentenced to 21 years and 18 years respectively after being found guilty of conspiracies to import and supply heroin.
Seven people who were involved in a conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine in the Harrogate area have been jailed for a total of nearly 30 years.
Two other people avoided jail terms but were handed suspended sentences and a community service order.
The defendants, who had already pleaded guilty to various offences within the conspiracy at an earlier hearing, were all sentenced at Leeds Crown Court.
Ringleader Wajid Ali, of Thursby Street, Bradford, who ran the operation, was sentenced to eight years' imprisonment for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
Ali, 28, recruited drug users to collect heroin and crack from Bradford and sell it on the streets of Harrogate, Starbeck and Knaresborough.
Michael Christopher Crowl, who was described as Ali's Lieutenant, and was the main driver making regular trips over to Bradford to collect the drugs in cars which were supplied to him by Ali, was jailed for six years for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
Crowl, 27, of Woodfield View, Harrogate, was often accompanied on his trips to Bradford by Janine Cattermull, who was also sentenced for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. Cattermull, 28, of Southgate Avenue, Ripon, was jailed for four years.
Anthony Ross, 24, of Westminster Place, Bradford, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. Ross was used as a passenger to collect the drugs from Ali in Bradford. He was sent to prison for 16 months.
Katrina Gill, was sentenced to four years' imprisonment for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
Gill, 30, of Spa Lane, Harrogate, took over the driving from Crowl when he was arrested, with Gemma Chambers accompanying her on the trips to Bradford.
Chambers, 31, of Wentworth Close, Harrogate, and Katie Bradley, were jailed for 32 months each for possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.
Bradley, 33, of Thistle Hill, Knaresborough, was a regular visitor to Bradford with Michael Crowl and had a large amount of drugs hidden in her jeans when they were stopped by the police on their way back to Harrogate in April 2012.
A man from Skegness has been jailed for his role in a drugs ring based in Kent.
Jamie Ryan Haigh, 31, was sentenced to six years and six months imprisonment after being found guilty of conspiracy with others to supply MDPV and possession with intent to supply in relation to 975 diazepam tablets.
Four men, including another from Skegness, were also jailed for their role.
A drug dealer has been jailed for 15 years after police recovered around £1.4 million of class A and class B drugs.
Paul Sherrington, who is 50 and from Thurnscoe, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court.
Police seized 2kg of cocaine, 2kg of heroin and 49kg of amphetamine during the course of the investigation.
Sherrington pleaded guilty to the supply of 7kg of amphetamine, possession with intent to supply heroin and being concerned in the supply of amphetamine, cocain and heroin
Two brothers have been sentenced to a total of 37 years in prison for their part in trafficking 245kg of heroin into the UK concealed in a consignment of towels. The drugs would have had a street value of around £49 million.
The National Crime Agency investigation showed that Yasser Khalil and Waheed Khalil conspired with a third man Stuart Maich to import the Class A drug from Pakistan using a legitimate company set up as a front for their drug trafficking.
Border Force Officers at the Port of Felixstowe searched a freight container carrying a shipment of towels. 2kgs of heroin was hidden inside 124 of the 592 cartons. The intended delivery address was TJ Fabrics in Batley.
Officers found that Maich was the sole director of TJ Fabrics and evidence seized from his home by police linked him to the Khalil brothers.
Maich pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import 245kgs of heroin, he was sentenced to ten and a half years at Leeds Crown Court in May 2012. Yasser and Waheed Khalil pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import 245kg of heroin and were sentenced to eighteen and a half years each.
A third brother, Fiesal Khalil pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply 131grams of cocaine which was recovered from behind a bath panel, following a search of his home address. He was sentenced to five years nine months in prison.
Five men have today been sentenced for offences relating to a £125m Class A drugs-production ring in Sheffield.
Mohammed Faizan, 26, of Whiteways Close, Adnan Lal, 27, of Crabtree Close, Haidar Ali, 25, of Earl Marshall Road, all in Fir Vale and Mohammed Zulficar, 33, of Cranworth Place in Eastwood and Mohammed Ishaq, 39, of Main Street in Mexborough, were all convicted on April 2.
Zulficar has been sentenced to 24-years in prison, Lal 18-years, Ishaq 16-years and Faizan and Ali were sentenced to 12-years each.
The five men were arrested in April 2012 and subsequently all charged with conspiracy to produce Class A drugs and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
DC Andrew Shaw, the officer who led the investigation, said: “This was a sophisticated operation which we were able to stop, thanks to the information from an observant and concerned local resident.
“This is a prime example of the community and the police working together in difficult times. Drugs are a blight on decent communities that can have disastrous effects on lives.
“I would always encourage members of the public to tell us what's happening in their communities and we will take action wherever possible."
A York man who lived an indulgent lifestyle through the proceeds of his drug dealing has been jailed for three years and nine months at York Crown Court.
Percy Smith, 43, pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy to supply cannabis, one charge of conspiracy to supply heroin and one charge of money laundering in November 2012.
After searches at Smith's properties officers seized vehicles, cash, drugs and equipment associated with producing and supplying illegal drugs.
Officers found evidence of cannabis cultivation including lamps, fans and a growing tent; £3,000 worth of heroin split into various quantities and large amounts of cash for which Smith offered no evidence to prove its legitimate origin.
Despite living on state benefits, a financial investigation revealed Smith was able to purchase four brand new vehicles worth a total of nearly £77,000.
North Yorkshire Police conducted two parallel investigations, one into the supply of drugs and one using the specialist skills of a financial investigator to prove the offence of money laundering.
An associate of Smiths, Richard John Miner, 47, from London, was also handed a 12 month jail term suspended for two years for his part in the set-up.
Seven people have been arrested as part of planned covert drug raids in South Yorkshire.
A series of properties in Rotherham, Eastwood and Sheffield were targeted by officers and arrests were made on suspicion of the supply of Class A drugs.
All seven remain in custody for questioning.
The raids are a result of six month investigation as part of Operation Catchall.
Four men aged 22, 20, and two 17 year olds were arrested today with two men, aged 22 and 25-years-old, and a 21-year-woman are being detained.
DCI Bob Chapman said: “Several months of detailed and sensitive covert investigations, targeting the supply of heroin and crack cocaine, has come to fruition this week.
“We have seven people in custody and the streets are a safer place as a result.”
Three drug dealers have been jailed for a total of more than 26 years for their part in a highly-organised plot to distribute Class A drugs across the UK. Daniel Wolf, Gregory Moss and James Brayshaw were sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court.
Wolf, aged 34, from Worksop, was jailed for 16 years for conspiracy to import class A drugs and conspiracy to supply class A drugs. Brayshaw, aged 32, and of no fixed address, was jailed for six years and six months for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
Meanwhile, Moss, aged 46, from Buxton, was jailed for three years, eight months for conspiracy to supply class A drugs. The sentencing marks the conclusion of a long-running operation by South Yorkshire Police to snare Wolf and his henchmen, which was launched late in 2011.
DCI Zaf Ali said that the operation was formulated to tackle “a particular group of individuals who were involved in organised crime, operating internationally, nationally and locally.”
Senior investigating officer DI Richard Shimwell added:
“The impact in removing these organised criminals and dismantling their network and capability sends a strong and positive message that South Yorkshire Police will tackle those operating at the highest level."