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Three members of gang which trafficked drugs into Gloucester jailed for a total of almost 28 years

The three men have been sentenced to a total of 28 years. Photo: Gloucestershire Police

Three members of a drug gang which trafficked around £600,000 worth of heroin and cocaine into Gloucester have been jailed for a total of almost 28 years.

Brothers Majid and Rajid Hussain from Gloucester, along with Mizanur Rahman from Birmingham, admitted conspiracy to supply drugs.

They had been filmed as part of a long running surveillance operation by Gloucestershire Police.

Ringleader Majid Hussain was given 10 years, his brother was sentenced to 8 years and Rahman also received 8 years.

Majid Hussain, Miznur Rahman and Rajid Hussain were sentenced to a total of 28 years. Credit: ITV West Country

The group were arrested as part of Operation Rockhopper which used surveillance of drug and cash handovers taking place.

Prosecutor Simon Dent told the court heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine were all being supplied for sale in Gloucester.

Mr Dent said Rajid Hussain was stopped by police in August as he travelled back from Birmingham. He had his young niece - Majid Hussain's daughter - with him.

Officers found heroin and cocaine in the boot of his car.

Rahman and Majid Hussain were stopped and arrested a month later and officers found 244 grams of heroin and 62 grams of cocaine in Rahman's car.

Police searches of the men's homes revealed more illegal drugs and large amounts of cash.

The arrests were part of a wider anti-drug operation by Gloucestershire Police. Credit: Police

Mr Dent said Rajid Hussain and Mizanur Rahman had previous drug sentences.

The defence argued the men were not in a central role of the operation.

He was not an architect of this conspiracy. He has resolved never to become involved in offending again and to dedicate himself to his family and cut his ties with this and the family that has led him to this.

– Balbur Singh, defending Rajid Hussain

He is still a young man with hopes and aspirations ahead of him. He is determined to put this life behind him. He wants nothing more to do with it. He wants to raise a family and become a lawful citizen.

– Jason Coulter, defending Mizanur Rahman

Two other men were also involved in the case.

A 27-year-old taxi driver, Mohammed Safian, who is from Smethwick, has admitted to a limited role in the operation as a courier.

He was given a 2 year jail term suspended for two years. He was also ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work and pay a £1,000 fine.

Marius Craciun, 23, a Romanian National living in Gloucester, had pleaded guilty to possessing crack cocaine with intent to supply last year but he failed to appear in court and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Det Insp Ian Fletcher says the sentences send a strong message to people who deal illegal drugs in Gloucestershire.

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