Batley men among drug dealers jailed

TWO drug dealers from Batley have been jailed as part of a major police operation in the region.

Adil Mahmood, 23, of Dark Lane, Batley, and Stephen Lenaghan, 49, of Sykes Walk, Soothill, were among four men sentenced at Leeds Crown Court last week.

Mark O’ Donnell from Wakefield and Ismail Cassim from London were also jailed as part of Operation Quartz.

The court heard that officers were in Alverthorpe Road, Wakefield, on August 12 last year when they saw what they believed to be a drug deal taking place from a car in which O’Donnell was the driver and Mahmood was a front seat passenger.

Police lost the car for a short period of time before spotting it again at a garage in Lupset, near Wakefield.

When they stopped the car, Mahmood had four wraps of heroin and two of crack cocaine in his possession, as well as £235 in cash.

A mobile phone also rang repeatedly with instructions of where they should go to next.

Stephen Lenaghan was arrested on December 14 after officers followed his car, which was emitting a large amount of smoke in Batley.

Officers saw him pass something to a drug user and then saw Cassim, who was in the passenger seat, with a £10 note after a female drug user had spoken to him.

A plastic storage tub containing 11 heroin deals and six of crack cocaine was thrown from the car, with a further 15 wraps of crack cocaine later discovered in a sock.

The court was told that on March 3 of this year, while on bail, Lenaghan was found hiding a storage box containing 40 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine on wasteland in Wakefield.

He was jailed for five-and-a-half years after admitting four charges of possessing crack cocaine or heroin with intent to supply.

Mahmood was jailed for 32 months after admitting one offence of possessing heroin and one of possessing crack cocaine with intent to supply.

O’Donnell was given a 32-month sentence while Cassim was locked up for 28 months.

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