Kabir Hussain, 27, was caught with a £5,000 stash
of the class A drug when police raided his house in Myers Close, Idle,
Bradford, on May 7 last year.
Prosecutor John Bull told Bradford Crown Court
yesterday that Hussain was in breach of a 51-week suspended jail term
for possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.
Hussain and his brother, Aszad Hussain, 24, who was
staying with him at
the time, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with intent to supply.
Kabir Hussain admitted a further offence of drug
supplying while on bail.
He told police in May, 2010, he had been storing and
bagging up heroin for up to two months.
Aszad Hussain was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment
suspended for two years with a six-month curfew.
Judge Jonathan Rose told him: “You too played a part in
this trade in misery and death.”
But Aszad Hussain had no previous convictions and had
committed no further offences.
Also in the dock was Mohammed Ishaq, 23, of Fairfield
Lane, Bradford. He pleaded guilty to possession of heroin and crack
cocaine with intent to supply and was jailed for 32 months.
Mr Bull said Ishaq was stopped in a silver BMW on
Dalcross Grove, West Bowling, Bradford, on October 12 last year with
330 wraps of the class A drugs.
Small quantities of heroin and cocaine were found at
On February 22, Kabir Hussain, who was on bail, was
his fingerprints were found on bagged up drugs in the BMW.
Kabir Hussain’s barrister, Imran Shafi, said he was
holding the heroin and bagging it up for others to sell on the streets.
He had been honest enough to admit he was not a drug
addict, nor paying off a debt, but in it for the money.
Hussain’s wife, a full-time carer, and their young
child would suffer while he was in prison.
David McGonigal, for Aszad Hussain, said he helped his
brother weigh and bag the heroin on one occasion.
“He played a relatively minor part in the drug
enterprise,” Mr McGonigal said.
Nigel Hamilton, for Ishaq, said he was not selling
drugs, just holding them for Kabir.
Judge Rose told Kabir Hussain he acted out of greed and
the promise of easy money.
He was jailed for five years, plus the 51 weeks that were suspended.
THE biggest crackdown on drugs Calderdale has ever seen
has led to three key heroin dealers being locked up.
Cousins Tahir Mahmood, 26, and Shaheed Mahmood, 25, each
got five years and four months.
Shazad Ibrar, 24 was jailed for three years and four
They had admitted having lead roles in a street-dealing
conspiracy exposed by undercover officers as part of Operation Irondale.
Over a seven-month period, up to four undercover
officers used drug addicts in the King Cross area of Halifax as
unwitting go-betweens to target the activities of the so-called “Biggy
Prosecutor Adrian Dent told a court the “Biggy Line” was
one of a number of networks engaged in mobile phone drug dealing and
the undercover officers set up a dozen meetings at various locations to
“This seems to have been a well-run operation dealing in
small amounts on repeated occasions,” said Mr Dent.
The court heard how one of the undercover officers was
questioned about his origins by Tahir Mahmood. Mr Dent submitted that
Tahir was clearly very concerned about maintaining the integrity of the
operation and was prepared check up when there were suspicions.
Judge John Potter was told that back in November 2006,
the Mahmoods and their co-accused Ibrar had all been sent to prison for
42 months for supplying Class A drugs to undercover officers.
Barrister Christopher Diamond, for Tahir Mahmood, said
he had not returned to drug dealing straight away following his release
from his previous sentence in 2008.
Mr Diamond said there had been a gap of two years during
which his client, of Parkinson Lane, King Cross, had done his best to
get a job and lead a normal life with his wife and child.
He said Mahmood eventually came up against a brick wall
and succumbed to dealing in small quantities of heroin again.
His cousin Shaheed Mahmood, of Craven Terrace, Pellon,
Halifax, was also said to have had difficulty getting work after his
previous prison sentence and his lawyer Stephen Uttley conceded that he
had fallen back into his old ways.
The court heard that Ibrar, of Paddock Lane, Norton
Tower, Halifax, had been due to marry his fiancee later this year but
that would now have to be postponed.
Ibrar, who also admitted being part of the conspiracy to
supply heroin, was sentenced to three years and four months in jail.
Passing sentence Judge Potter said people like the
defendants who dealt in Class A drugs had access to significant profits
and were driven by greed.
“Your greed and selfishness fed the need of others for
drugs and therefore indirectly contributed to community-wide harm in
Halifax and elsewhere,” he added.
Chief Superintendent Chris Hardern, Divisional Commander
for Calderdale Police, said: “The nature and scale of this ongoing
operation demonstrates our commitment to targeting criminals in
Calderdale who think they can get away with preying on law-abiding
“I hope today’s sentence sends out a clear message to
all criminals that we will not stand-by and allow people to live off
the proceeds of their crimes.
“Calderdale is an extremely safe place to be because we
work closely with our communities to root out the minority who think it
is acceptable to lead lives of crime.
“I would encourage residents to continue working with
officers, and report any information they have on criminal activity to
us immediately. We will always act on the information we receive, and
operations like Irondale are a prime example of this.”
boasted he could bring in heroin and cannabis from across Europe
Friday 28th October 2011
A twice-convicted drug dealer is again behind bars facing a long jail
sentence after undercover police officers trapped him in a sting
Mohammed Kershid, 39, will be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on
November 29, along with three accomplices, including Mohammed Ayaz, 38,
jailed along with him in 2006 for a drugs plot.
Kershid, formerly of West Bowling, Bradford, and Ayaz, of Waverley
Road, Great Horton, Bradford, appeared in the dock yesterday with
Mohammed Tariq Khan, 33, of Parkside Road, West Bowling, and a
17-year-old Bradford youth too young to be identified.
All four pleaded guilty on September 13 to conspiracy to supply heroin
and Kershid to further charges of supplying Class A drugs. Kershid and
Ayaz were remanded back into custody by Recorder Bernard Gateshill.
Khan and the teenager had their bail extended to next month’s hearing.
The case was adjourned because no pre-sentence report had been prepared
for the teenager.
All four defendants were netted in a cross-border investigation by West
Yorkshire Police into drug supplying between the county and Lancashire.
Four undercover police officers were deployed and secret recording
devices used to snare the drugs ring.
On January 31 last year, two of the officers met Kershid in Keighley
and they discussed trading in cigarettes.
After several meetings, he mentioned possible importation of heroin
from Holland and cannabis from elsewhere in Europe. He went on to
supply lumps of heroin to the officers, saying he could supply larger
amounts if needed.
All four defendants were arrested on June 15 this year. Kershid was
apprehended in the Colne area and a search of his house uncovered a
large quantity of cash rolled in bundles. Kershid was jailed for three
years in 1999 for possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.
In 2003, he was sent to prison for three years for kidnap and false
imprisonment. On April 12, 2006, Kershid was jailed for six years for
conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
On that date, Ayaz was locked up for two years for his part in the
conspiracy. He was said to have “played second fiddle” to Kershid.
Kershid was ordered to pay up £160,000 or face three more years
behind bars. Yesterday, prosecutor Stephen Wood said Kershid, Ayaz and
Khan would be the subject of a Proceeds of Crime Application to seize
back any ill-gotten gains.
scale' drugs gang jailed for total of 17 years
25th October 2011
Mohammed Asim Khan, known as Beastie
A Bradford drug dealer at the head of a “commercial, wide-ranging,
operation” and two of his accomplices have been given prison sentences
totalling 17 years.
Mohammed Asim Khan, known as Beastie, was jailed for eight years for
conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and taking part in a revenge attack
on a shooting victim at a car wash.
Mohammed Khalid Hussain, 26, of Jasmin Terrace, Girlington, Bradford,
and Aqeel Ikraam, 30, of Dalton Terrace, Girlington, were each locked
up for four and a half years for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
Khan’s brother, Mohammed Aaqib, 22, of Harriet Street, Listerhills,
Bradford, was jailed for two years for the car wash assault.
Khan’s wife, Shazia Ali, 27, who lived with him at Park Hill Drive,
Allerton, Bradford, was sentenced to a 12 month community order with 80
hours unpaid work for mortgage fraud.
Prosecutor Stephen Wood told Bradford Crown Court the couple had
enjoyed “a comfortable lifestyle funded by crime” .
The Recorder of Bradford, Judge James Stewart QC, said Ali, the mother
of two young children, turned to criminality under her husband’s
Judge Stewart told Khan, Hussain and Ikraam yesterday: “The three of
you were involved in a commercial, wide-ranging, drug dealing operation
in Bradford, mainly in the Manningham area.”
The drugs ring used three phones – a despatch, dealer and business line
–- and in June 2010 received dozens of calls in a matter of days.
“This was plainly a professional operation,” Judge Stewart said.
Khan, 27, played “a highly significant role” in the conspiracy and he
and Hussain used Ikraam as a runner.
Ikraam, known as “Kola”, was arrested on June 10, 2010, after drugs
squad officers saw him behaving suspiciously in Hollings Road,
Manningham. He threw away a tobacco pouch containg 23 wraps of heroin
Khan and Hussain were arrested the same day in nearby Hollings Terrace.
Khan and Aaqib were convicted of causing Qaiser Rafique actual bodily
harm at the Doctor Sponge Car Wash in Toller Lane, Bradford, on
September 25 last year.
Co-accused Mohammed Hanees Shabir, 27, of Spencer Road, Great Horton,
Bradford, was jailed for 20 years at an earlier hearing for attempting
to murder Mr Rafique with a handgun on September 24, 2010, in
Summerville Road, Shearbridge.
Judge Stewart said Mr Rafique was punched and kicked to “teach him a
lesson” after he tried to break away from dealing in drugs for Shabir.
The judge said Aaqib played a lesser role than his brother but was
“conscripted to provide the muscle”.
£10k worth of cannabis from Bradford shop following tip-off
Tuesday 18th October 2011
Cannabis valued at £10,000, and £6,000 of suspected drugs
money, was seized by police in a raid on a Bradford newsagent shop.
Officers swooped on the shop in Whetley Lane, Manningham, as part of a
national Proceeds of Crime week which saw Bradford South officers seize
a total of £43,000 and four vehicles, as well as executing 19
warrants and making 23 arrests.
Manningham and Toller Neighbourhood Policing Team officers raided the
corner shop in Whetley Lane. A balaclava mask and mobile phones were
also recovered in the raid, which followed information from the
Five men were arrested on suspicion of drug dealing and have been
bailed pending further inquiries.
NPT Inspector Darren Minton said a number of operations had taken place
as part of ongoing work to tackle those benefiting from the proceeds of
crime. He said the majority of arrests were for drugs-related offences
and there had been significant seizures in Manningham.
Five people were also arrested as part of a fraud investigation which
saw about £35,000 seized from an address in Carlisle Terrace,
Officers from the Proceeds of Crime team in Airedale and North Bradford
had similar successes.
They included the arrest of a man and woman, on suspicion of fraud and
money laundering, from an address in Bronshill Grove, Allerton, and the
arrest of another Bradford man, aged 39, for alleged fraud.
Officers also seized £5,857 from a convicted drug dealer at
Bradford Crown Court.
Detective Sergeant Dave Marston, of Airedale and North Bradford Police,
said Keighley detectives had seized more than £1 million from
criminals in six months. The money would be re-invested in the fight
He said: “We are working on many more cases and continually receive
useful intelligence about wrongdoing.
“I would encourage residents to keep telling us if they know of
criminal behaviour, as they can be assured we are making sure crime
does not pay.”
Anyone who suspects someone is living beyond their means, through
crime, is urged to contact the Why Should They campaign, in confidence,
on 0800 555 111.