A covert police operation targeting drug trafficking in West Yorkshire, has seen over £1.9 Million worth of heroin and cocaine seized and those responsible jailed for a combined total of more than 94 years.
The operation ran from February 2017 to March 2018 and over 27 kg of class A, high purity drugs seized by officers from the Force’s Programme Precision Team.
Cannabis, £116,000 in cash and high value items including Rolex watches were also taken from criminals during a series of raids across the county.
Kashif Tahir, 38 and Toseef Tahir, 29 both of Grange Avenue, Thornbury, Leeds were arrested and found to be in possession of 1kg of heroin and 2kg of mixing agent.
At the same time Jon White, 31, of Durham Avenue, Doncaster and Peter White,50, of Yew Tree Crescent, Doncaster were arrested from a vehicle a short distance away with £16,500 in cash waiting to buy the drugs.
All four were charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs and convicted on 24 November 2017. Kashif Tahir was sentenced to 6 years. Toseef Tahir, was sentenced to 5 years and 4 months. Peter White, was sentenced to 5 years and 4 months. Jon White was sentenced to 5 years.
Brian Kilgallon, 33, of Parkstone Avenue, Leeds was arrested on 30 May 2017, when officers executed a drugs warrant at an address on Parkstone Avenue. 1 kg of cocaine was seized along with £20,000 in cash, jewellery and clothing.
He was convicted of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and money laundering and sentenced to 4 years and 6 months in prison on 8/9/17
A 20-year-old Leeds woman was convicted of money laundering and received 100 hours community in relation to the same incident.
On 3 July 2017 Mohammed Faisal, 27, of Roslyn Place, Bradford, was stopped as he drove a hire car on Barker End Road, Bradford. He was found to be in possession of 2.88kg of heroin.
Faisal was convicted of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and sentenced to 6 years and 5 months on 10 September 2017.
Officers then linked Fateh Laher, 30, of Hollybank Gardens, Bradford, Khawer Maqsood, 32, of Curzon Road, Bradford and Mohammed Adam Laher, 27, of Leeds Old Road, Bradford.
They were charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs on 3 July 2017.
On 25 July 2017 officers witnessed an exchange of a package between the occupants of a Vauxhall Astra and a Skoda Superb in a car park on Dunstall Street, Scunthorpe.
As a result of that exchange, Nivaldo Montiero, 23, of no fixed address was arrested from the Astra a short distance away from the car park and found to be in possession of 1.1kg of cocaine and £2000 in cash. He was sentenced to 5 and a half years after being convicted on 14 September 2017 of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
The driver of the Skoda Superb, Shafiq Rafiq, 38, of School Lane, Dewsbury was later identified and charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs and was convicted of the same offence on 10 November 2017. He was sentenced to 7 years and 2 months.
Officers stopped a Mercedes in the Beeston area of Leeds on 26 September 2017 and arrested two men who were found to have 2kg of high purity heroin and £3800 in cash on them.
Mirza Bilal, 29, of Parkwood Road, Shipley was convicted of conspiracy to supply class A drugs on 17/4/18 and was sentenced to 6 years.
Idris Khan, 28, of Ashgrove, Bradford was convicted of the same charge and sentenced to 4 years and 6 months.
On 28th September 2017 the occupant of a transit van was stopped on Butt Lane Leeds. The driver Ashley Gibson, 27, of Heights Drive, Armley was arrested from the vehicle and a package found within it was found to contain 1kg of high purity cocaine. He was convicted of possession with intent to supply on 20 October 2017 and sentenced to 5 years.
On 2nd March 2018 officers stopped a Mitsubishi Shogun in Bradford. Found within the vehicle was 2kg of import grade cocaine. The 2 occupants were arrested, once they were secured officers executed a warrant at a house on Curzon Road, Bradford. As a result officers discovered a drugs factory at the premises, where 11.5kg of import grade cocaine was recovered. Also found were empty wrappings for a further 15kg of class A drugs valued at a further £1.5 million had they been full. Also found were rubber gloves, scales, a large amount of cash and 24kg of mixing agent.
An industrial scale cash counting machine was also found – which was shown to have counted approximately £5m in bank notes in 2 years.
The total street value of the class A drugs recovered from this address was £1.1m. Fateh Laher and Khawer Maqsood (as above) both plead guilty to 2 counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and were sentenced as above on 31 July 2018.
A 35 aged man was sentenced to a two year suspended sentence after admitting allowing a premises to be used in the preparation/sale of Class A drugs. He was convicted on 31 July 2018.