Five men have been jailed for a total of more than 30 years for conspiring to supply heroin into the East Midlands.
A sixth man failed to appear in court and warrant for his arrest was issued.
An investigation by the East Midlands Special Operation Unit (EMSOU) found the men were involved in two schemes: arranging to move the drugs from West Yorkshire to Nottingham, and from Nottingham to Leicester in 2017.
Nottingham-based Mohammed Waheed and Dean Haynes were in contact with the Ahmed brothers, Haroon and Shazad, and their uncle Zahid Khan in West Yorkshire. Perry Odea was their link in Leicester.
In April last year, 31-year-old Odea was arrested in Leicester carrying Class A drugs, as well as three mobiles phones. That evening he had travelled empty handed to Nottingham, where he met Haynes for 20 minutes, before getting back on a train to Leicester with 130g heroin worth £6,475 and £1,400 worth of crack cocaine.
The investigation continued and in May police arrested 51-year-old Zahid Khan and 29-year-old Mohammed Waheed.
Khan had taken a taxi from Bradford to deliver heroin to Waheed in Sneinton, Nottingham.
As Khan was getting ready to leave, police arrived and arrested him and Waheed, but Haynes fled. A kilogram of heroin, with a street value of £100,000, was found near to where Haynes had run off and almost £15,000 was found in the taxi. A further £500 was found in Waheed’s house along with a bag with Haynes’ fingerprints on it.
In the weeks that followed, officers seized over £11,500 from Haynes’ house before his arrest on 19 June.
Meanwhile, telephone evidence linked the Ahmed brothers to the drug conspiracy and they were arrested.
Five of the men appeared at Nottingham Crown Court today (Friday 2 November 2018) for sentencing.
Dean Haynes, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine at a previous hearing. He was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison.
Mohammed Waheed and Perry Odea, both of no fixed address, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine. Waheed was sentenced to five years and nine months and Odea – who is already serving a three-and-a-half-year sentence – was given an additional 22 months.
Zahid Khan, 32-year-old Haroon Ahmed and 35-year-old Shazad Ahmed, all previously of Old Cottage Close, Halifax, were found guilty of conspiracy to supply heroin on 31 July. Zahid Khan was given seven years and Haroon Ahmed was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years. Shazad Ahmed failed to appear so his sentencing was deferred until he is brought before the court.
EMSOU Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pearson said: “These sentences today are the result of tenacious and methodical police work to disrupt the activity of six criminals across a number of counties.
“These drug dealers had conspired to plague the streets of Nottingham and Leicester with drugs in order to make substantial profits and benefit from a life of crime.
“Drugs have devastating impacts on entire communities, as well as users and their friends and family. They can rip away fathers from daughters, sons from mothers and everyone in-between; shattering whole families.
“Thanks to our existing collaboration between forces within the East Midlands, as well as excellent cooperation from West Yorkshire police forces, we have, together, stopped this heroin supply network from causing any more misery.
“A few were overwhelmed by the amount of evidence we presented and pleaded to their crimes; the others were arrogant enough to think that they could pull the wool over the jury’s eyes. Drug dealing will not be tolerated in our counties and the sentences today are a testament to that.”