A drugs gang who tried to saturate the streets of Burnley and Pendle with heroin have been jailed for a total of 14 years.
Police arrested Siahosh Khan, 33, as he was buying drugs from a supplier in a public park in neighbouring Nelson.
Khan pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs at Bradford Crown Court and was jailed for six years after being arrested along with Hamid Shah, from Bradford, during the drugs braid in a car park at Victoria Park in the town.
Officers found a quarter of a kilo of heroin with an approximate street value of £15,000 concealed in Shah's car.
Another man, Asif Akhtar was also arrested after his fingerprints were discovered on the packaging and a considerable amount of drugs packaging was also found at his home in Bradford.
Police said the drugs would have been re-distributed by Khan in Burnley and Pendle in almost 1,500 smaller deals.
Det Con Rob Goddard, from Pennine Division's Targeted Crime Unit, said Khan was ‘bulk buying’ the drugs from Shah before selling them on the streets.
In a statement he said: “It was an intelligence-led operation. We found out about drugs activity in Nelson and made an intervention, which we then linked back to Bradford.
“Khan was drug dealing in the Pendle area but his supply was coming from Bradford.
“He was buying in bulk from Shah and then selling them on the streets in smaller deals at £10 a bag.
“When he was arrested there was heroin with a street value of £15,000 found, which would have been 1,460 individual deals across Pendle and possibly into Burnley, which is a significant amount of drugs we have taken off the streets.”
Khan and Shah were arrested on December 1.
Khan, of Bishop Street, Nelson, was sentenced to six years while Shah, 21, of Newlands Place, Bradford, was sentenced to six years and two months, and Asif Akhtar, 21, also of Newlands Place, was jailed for two years.
Det Sgt Martin Kennedy, who was also involved in the investigation said: “They brought a large amount of heroin into Lancashire with the intention of selling it on to flood the streets of Nelson.
“They had no regard for the children who were playing nearby and showed a blatant disrespect for the local community.
“This should send out a warning to people who think they can bring drugs into Lancashire that they will be targeted and sent to prison.
“We know the devastating impact drugs can have on our communities and we will continue to do everything we can to remove them and those who peddle them from our streets."
Meanwhile In Birmingham the remaining four members of a 34-strong drugs ring that pushed heroin and crack cocaine in Birmingham have been jailed, bringing the total length of sentences to 111 years.
The dealers brought utter despair to communities in Stechford, Small Heath and Bordesley Green in the city before being brought to justice in an operation code named No Deal following a string of raids last March.
Detective Chief Inspector Nick Walton, from Stechford police station, said: “When residents came forward to share their concerns with us, I’m sure they never expected to see the levels of success we have secured.
"These arrests are not the end but herald the beginning of what is likely to be a very successful approach to target drug dealers.”
The four men all pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
Noorul Akbar, 25, of Hollybank Road, Kings Heath, was jailed for three years and eight months.
Shazad Ali, 29, of Cateswell Road, Hall Green was jailed for three years and seven months.
Abid Hussain, 23, of Somerville Road, Small Heath, was jailed for four years and three months.
Asif Hussain, 21, of Albert Road, Stechford, was jailed for three years and nine months. -C-
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