1. ITV Report

Luton drugs gang jailed for more than 50 years

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Seven members of a drugs gang from Luton have been jailed for more than 52 years.

The men were part of an organised crime group which operated in the town from February 2014 until January 2015 – during which they sold heroin and cocaine with a street value of more than £5 million.

The criminal business spanned the whole spectrum of drug supply; from street dealing through to commercial dealing.

During the investigation, Bedfordshire Police seized nine kilos of heroin and cocaine with a street value of up to £1 million.

32 kilos of class A drugs had been sold by the group; a combination of heroin with a retail value of £3.2 million and cocaine with a street value of £1.9 million.

Abdul Samad, 29, from Luton, received two 19 year sentences, which he will serve concurrently, after being found guilty of conspiracy to supply both cocaine and heroin. The court heard how he was the head of the group with overall control of the drugs.

Sheikh Islam, 32, of Eaton Valley Road, Luton, was jailed for 10 years after being found guilty of the same charges.

Five further men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin. All were sentenced at Luton Crown Court.

“This was a huge operation which saw the gang sell large quantities of both heroin and cocaine. At the height of the criminality, the group was taking more than 1,200 calls a week on their street dealing phone line.

Organised crime groups such as this are incredibly dangerous so I’m pleased that thanks to the hard work of our officers, these men have been put behind bars for a very long time.”

– Detective Inspector Paul Baron