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Four men jailed for 50 years for drugs conspiracy

From Left: Yasser Shah, Hassam Rasool, Martin Lewis, Bilal Ashraf Credit: North West Regional Organised Crime Unit

Four men have been jailed for a total of 50 years following an investigation by the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit.

Police seized cocaine with an estimated street value of over £600,000 from the drugs gang as part of their investigation.

The Organised Crime Group was run by Yasser Shah and was involved in moving drugs from the midlands into Bolton and Blackburn between May 2018 and May 2019.

Police say that Shah controlled a number of couriers, who then passed drugs down the supply chain to street dealers.

The four men sentenced as part of the investigation are:

  • Yasser SHAH, 31, from Bolton (Head of OCG), – pleaded guilty at trial (17 years)
  • Bilal ASHRAF, 30, from Blackburn (courier) – pleaded guilty at trial (13 years)
  • Hassam RASOOL, 26, from Blackburn (courier) – pleaded guilty at trial (11 years)
  • Martin LEWIS, , Stafford (distributor) – pleaded guilty (9 years)
Some of the drugs seized as part of the investigation Credit: North West Regional Organised Crime Unit

Detective Inspector Scott Waddington, from NWROCUs investigations team, said: "Drug dealing causes significant harm in our communities.

"It’s one of the NWROCU’s biggest priorities and our teams are working tirelessly, alongside other law enforcement agencies, to target those involved in the illegal drugs trade, and bring them before the courts."