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Six 'super strength' heroin deaths 'extremely sad'

Drug users in Nottinghamshire are being warned about a rogue batch of heroin which is thought to be behind six deaths in the county in one week.

The victims were all part of a drug rehabilitation programme. Police and public health officials believe the heroin is up to three times stronger than normal.

Dr Chris Kenny who works in Public Health at Nottinghamshire County Council, says it's a sad case as these people were on the 'road to recovery'.

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Drug trafficking boss jailed for £9.5m heroin haul

Two men have been jailed for a total of more than 30 years for masterminding an international heroin smuggling operation from Pakistan.

Ringleader Tahir Mahmood controlled a gang spread over two continents from his home in Stourbridge. After being watched and followed by police in Spain and the UK, he was arrested in raids last year, along with his right hand man Anwar Bashir from Bradford.

The men were directly connected to around 46 kilograms of heroin seized, with a further 49 kilos found as part of the wider operation. In total the drugs had an estimated street value of around £9.5 million. Chris Halpin reports.

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The international scale of £9.5m heroin trafficking plot

Today two key players of an international drug smuggling operation were sentenced to more than 30 years behind bars. Tahir Mahmood from Stourbridge, and Anwar Bashir from Bradford, controlled a group of men to smuggle heroin to the value of £9.5m into the UK from Pakistan.

Using couriers or drug 'mules', the heroin was hidden on flights passing through the United Arab Emirates, Spain, Germany, Austria and finally the UK. Watch the video above to find out exactly how the gang planned to flood Britain's streets with heroin.

Jailed heroin gang could have brought 'violence' to Birmingham

The National Crime Agency have said an international drugs gang led by a man from Stourbridge could have brought 'misery, harm and violence' to Birmingham.

Tahir Mahmood was jailed today for a variety of offences into importation of significant quantities of heroin into Europe and the UK after previously pleading guilty.

We proved Mahmood and Bashir were linked to seizures totalling 46 kilos but I believe the network dismantled could have been responsible for many more importations – bringing misery, harm and violence to communities in Birmingham, Bradford and other cities.

“Tackling the supply of drugs on a global level and protecting our borders are priorities for the NCA and its partners. We targeted the couriers one by one and obtained the evidence that led to the downfall of these two men. They are now behind bars where they belong.”

– Paul Risby, NCA Branch Commander,

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CCTV of international drug boss meeting drug mule

This is footage of Tahir Mahmood from Stourbridge meeting a courier at a UK airport who was wearing specially adapted clothing full of heroin.

Tahir Mahmood was the ringleader of the multi-million pound international heroin smuggling gang, he has been sentenced to 16 years in prison today.

His right-hand man, 43-year-old Anwar Bashir from Bradford, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after being found guilty by a jury after a trial.

Leader of international drug smuggling gang jailed

Tahir Mahmood Credit: National Crime Agency

A man from Stourbridge who controlled a multi-million pound international heroin smuggling gang has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Tahir Mahmood was jailed for a variety of offences into importation of significant quantities of heroin into Europe and UK after previously pleading guilty.

£10,000 worth of class A drugs seized in Leicester

Around £10,000 of what are believed to be class A drugs have been seized from a house in Leicester following a police raid.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested and is in police custody.

We remain committed to acting upon information from the public concerning drug use and supply in our community. Today's warrant has stopped a large amount of drugs entering out streets. If people have concerns about drugs misuse in their area I would urge them to please get in touch."

– PC Kirt Springthorpe of Spinney Hill LPU
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