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Drug gang jailed for shipping cocaine from Leeds to the North East

Five men who were involved in the shipping of Class A drugs across the north of England have been jailed at Leeds Crown Court.

Five men who were involved in the shipping of Class A drugs across the north of England have been jailed at Leeds Crown Court.

Ringleader Irfan Dad and his gang of drug dealers were today handed sentenced totalling nearly 25 years after West Yorkshire Police broke up their supply chain which involved moving large quantities of cocaine from Leeds to the North East of England.

Some of the drugs the police recovered.

Mr Dad, aged 22, of Sandhurst Place, Harehills, Leeds was jailed for 12 years after admitting conspiracy to supply class A drugs and possession of criminal property at an earlier hearing.

Mohammed Adil Rehem, aged 20, of Spencer Place, Chapeltown, Leeds, admitted conspiracy to supply class A drugs and possession of criminal property at an earlier hearing. Mr Rehem also admitted disqualified driving. He was jailed for three years and two months.

Irfan Dad was jailed for 12 years.

Adeel Habib, aged 23, of Easterly Road, Gipton, Leeds, admitted Conspiring to Supply Class A controlled drugs and was jailed for four years.

Hassan Ahmed, aged 21, of Hamilton Terrace, Chapeltown, Leeds, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A, B and C drugs, and conspiracy to supply Class B drugs. He was jailed for three years, nine months.

Mohamed Louqman Dad, aged 29, of Sandhurst Place, Harehills, Leeds admitted conspiring to supply class B controlled drugs. He was jailed for two years.

Mohammed Adil Rehem was jailed for He was jailed for three years and two months.

Officers stopped Mr Rehem’s car on 2 October 2020 after witnessing an exchange in a layby in Teeside.

A search of Mr Rehem’s VW Golf resulted in the discovery of a Chanel bag containing cash and eight further bundles of cash totalling £21,960.

Irfan Dad was arrested in the driver’s seat of a BMW in a yard behind a takeaway on Roundhay Road, Leeds. The BMW and two other vehicles – an Audi TT and Fiesta – believed to be connected to Dad were seized by police.

A bag containing 268 milligrams of cocaine was found in the BMW, together with disposable latex gloves and rolls of white bags. Dad’s DNA was found on the cocaine’s packaging.

Adeel Habib was jailed for four years.

The Audi TT contained packages of cocaine, MDMA and cannabis skunk as well as dealer bags and scales.

Adeel Habib was observed during an afternoon going back and forth to the Audi TT, moving items within the vehicle and removing items from it. DNA from swabs taken from the driver’s door lever, passenger door lever and gear knob matched that of Habib.

The Fiesta contained cannabis and cocaine. Fingerprints from the cannabis packaging have been identified as those of Mr Habib and Mohammed Louqman Dad.

Items found at Mr Ahmed’s address included over a kilo of cannabis, six grams of high purity cocaine and 94 grams of etizolam, a class C drug usually sold as “Xanax”.

Dealer lists and other records linked to his drug business were found on Irfan Dad’s phone. Those lists included a dated running total rising from £343,365 on 14 June to £427,625 on 27 September.

Hassan Ahmed was jailed for three years, nine months.

A total of 65 photos and videos were found on Irfan Dad’s phone showing bags of white powder with the appearance of cocaine on weighing scales.

An expert witness concluded that all the items appeared to be cocaine in various formats ranging from 1kg blocks with identification stamps through to powder format after the adulteration phase has taken place. Three full one-kilo blocks of high-purity cocaine can be seen, with the potential to produce 9 kilograms.

Analysis of the videos estimated a total of over 9 kilos of cocaine with a potential street value of £385,000.

Detective Superintendent Fiona Gaffney of West Yorkshire Police said: “I’m pleased that significant sentences were handed down to these individuals for their role in what was an organised drugs ring, supplying illegal substances on the streets of West Yorkshire and further afield.

Mohammed Louqman Dad was jailed for two years.

“I hope these sentences show a real example of the penalties those who become involved in this kind of activity can face for becoming involved in the kind of drug dealing which causes misery in our communities.

“Illegal substances have no place in our communities, and through Programme Precision, we will continue to target those involved in serious and organised crime to make West Yorkshire a safer place.”

Anyone who has information about drug dealing in their communities is urged to contact the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111. Reports to Crimestoppers can be made in total anonymity and all intelligence is investigated.

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