Drugs gang jailed for huge local operation

SIX members of a gang have been jailed for running a multi-million pound drugs operation in Dewsbury.

The group were caught with 37kg of heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine on March 5 this year.

Leeds Crown Court heard Afzaal Akram, 29, of Old Bank Road, Earlsheaton, headed the gang and directed others in distributing drugs.

He was jailed for 13 years for his “principal role” while “right-hand man” Amjad Hussain received 10 years.

Hussain, 23, of Clarke Street, and Akram both admitted conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Akram also admitted a separate conspiracy to supply drugs in the York area in 2014, for which he was given a concurrent sentence.

A 17-year-old who cannot be named pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs and was jailed for three years and nine months.

Three other men, including “warehouseman” Mohammed Mahmood, 31, of Wakefield Road, were also sentenced.

Mahmood, who stored and delivered drugs on behalf of Akram, was jailed for six years.

Moshin Patel, 27, of Trinity Street, Batley Carr, admitted acquiring criminal property and jailed for 10 months.

Waseem Akram, 23, of Manor Way, Staincliffe, Batley, was jailed for eight months after pleading guilty to the same charge.

The court heard police had seized cocaine worth £39,000 from the gang weeks earlier.

A gang member was stopped on the M1 as he drove from Batley to an address in Rotherham.

Later Mahmood was seen taking a pizza box containing heroin worth £48,750 from his home to two men in a BMW parked nearby.

That led to a police swoop on his home on March 5 and they found a huge stash of drugs.

Heroin worth nearly £2m was found in shopping bags and a holdall hidden in a wheelie bin in the garden.

Cocaine worth nearly £80,000 was also found, along with crack cocaine worth more than £26,000.

Judge Neil Clark said the gang was involved in the “wholesale supply of large amounts of Class A drugs”.

Two other gang members are due to be sentenced at Leeds Crown Court at a later date.

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