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14 years in the slammer: Car boot’s drug bounty of £4 million uncovered

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14 YEARS: Iftikhar Khan will spend 14 years behind bars

14 YEARS: Iftikhar Khan will spend 14 years behind bars

A drug dealer has been jailed for 14 years after police found £4 million worth of Class A drugs in the boot of his car.

Iftikhar Khan, 33, was seen loading items into the vehicle shortly before officers arrested him and discovered 30 kilogrammes of heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine in three holdalls.

Leeds Crown Court heard one package of high purity cocaine was marked with a Burberry logo.

E-mails sent from Khan described the drugs as ‘banging’.

Prosecutor Paul Mitchell told the court on Thusday that officers arrested Khan after he came out of an alleyway on Quarry Street on 20th February this year to load the car.

Mr Mitchell said - in spite of the security - experts were able to gain access to some of the messages sent and received, which indicated the scale of the operation.

“This was a massive commercial level of supply of Class A drugs.”

Drug purchases ranging between £300,000 and £500,000 at a time were discussed.

References were also made to dealing the drug further afield in Liverpool and Manchester.

HORRIFIC STASH: Judge Geoffrey Marson said that Khan was running a ‘vile and wicked’ trade

HORRIFIC STASH: Judge Geoffrey Marson said that Khan was running a ‘vile and wicked’ trade

Khan, of Baring Avenue, Bradford Moor, pleaded guilty to two offences of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Derek Duffy, mitigating, said his client did not dispute that he had been involved in a large scale supply of drugs but acted under the direction of others who had told him to move them.

He added: “The best mitigation is that he entered a guilty plea at the first opportunity in court.”

Jailing Khan, Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said there had to be long sentences for “commercial enterprises such as these.”

“Dealing in Class A controlled drugs is a vile and wicked trade. It brings huge profits to those involved and misery and often death to those who are addicted to the drugs. “Day in, day out, this court deals with drug addicts who rob, burgle and steal in order to fund their habit.”

Inside the bags were more than 23 kilogrammes of heroin, five kilogrammes of cocaine and 1.2 kilogrammes of crack cocaine as well as some cutting agent.

A key to a flat on Quarry Street was recovered from him and officers found large quantities of cutting agents commonly mixed with Class A drugs including caffeine and Paracetamol.

A Blackberry mobile was also seized equipped with technology designed to send encrypted e-mails that cannot be viewed by law enforcement agents and so is favoured by organised crime operations.

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Ninth person jailed over international conspiracy to sail drugs into the UK

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SEIZED: The yacht Makayabella was intercepted by the Irish Naval Services

SEIZED: The yacht Makayabella was intercepted by the Irish Naval Services

UPDATE: £160 MILLION COCAINE PLOT

A ninth person has been jailed for his part in a transatlantic plot to smuggle over £160m worth of cocaine into the UK on a yacht.

Wayne Bush, 45, from Hull was jailed for six years at Leeds Crown Court consecutive to a sentence he is currently serving at HMP Humber.

The yacht Makayabella was intercepted by the Irish Naval Services and was boarded by armed sailors from the LE Niamh about 250-miles off the southwest coast of Ireland on 23rd September 2014.

SMUGGLING: Wayne Bush of Hull was sentenced to six years for his part in the crime

SMUGGLING: Wayne Bush of Hull was sentenced to six years for his part in the crime

Eight people have already been jailed in connection with the drugs plot, many of them from Bradford.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said over a tonne of cocaine on the yacht would have had a potential street value above £160m had it been sold in the UK.

Bush was part of a three man "coopering crew" due to sail out and meet the Makayabella to bring back the drugs, the NCA said.

An earlier attempt to meet the boat had failed after running out of fuel. Three men on board, including ringleader Stephen Powell, were towed back to port.

Two days later Powell, with James Hill, met Bush to buy another boat at a marina in Milford Haven, south Wales but they were unsuccessful.

When Powell, Hill and Bush heard the yacht had been intercepted and the drugs seized, they dumped the car they were travelling in at Cardiff Airport.

Six drums of red diesel for the next boat trip were found in the car boot, along with a marina compliments slip with Powell's and Bush's fingerprints on it.

Bush, formerly of Ormonde Avenue, Hull, was arrested by the NCA for conspiring to import class A drugs in connection with the Makayabella plot in June at HMP Humber, where is serving a three-and-a-half year sentence for an unrelated offence.

SEIZED: Over one tonne of cocaine was intercepted as part of an operation involving the National Crime Agency and Irish, French and Venezuelan authorities

SEIZED: Over one tonne of cocaine was intercepted as part of an operation involving the National Crime Agency and Irish, French and Venezuelan authorities

David Norris, NCA regional commander, said the operation had drawn on support from law enforcement partners in France, Ireland and Venezuela.

"Wayne Bush played an important role in this conspiracy," he said. "Bush was to have formed part of the crew who landed this huge haul of drugs in the UK after the crime group transported them across the Atlantic."

The eight already jailed are Stephen Powell (ringleader), Dawne Powell (Stephen Powell's wife), John Powell, Benjamin Mellor, James Hill, Philip McElhone, David Webster and Thomas Britteon.

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Eggs-tended sentence

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A pair of drug dealers from Bradford have been sentenced to a total of ten and a half years in prison after trading Class A drugs hidden in Kinder chocolate eggs.

The two men, 25-year-old Mohammed Khan and Muhammed Islam, 19, appeared in front of Bradford Crown Court on Sunday 16th February where they were sentenced.

GUILTY: Mohammed Khan (four and a half years) and Muhammed Islam (six years) were sentenced at Bradford Crown Court last week

GUILTY: Mohammed Khan (four and a half years) and Muhammed Islam (six years) were sentenced at Bradford Crown Court last week

Khan, a student from West Bowling, Bradford, was a key figure in the managerial process of the operation whilst his crime partner, Islam, also of West Bowling, sold the drugs on to street dealers.

The pair pleaded guilty to two offences of possession with intent to supply the Class A drugs, heroin and cocaine.

GUILTY: Mohammed Khan (four and a half years) and Muhammed Islam (six years) were sentenced at Bradford Crown Court last week

GUILTY: Mohammed Khan (four and a half years) and Muhammed Islam (six years) were sentenced at Bradford Crown Court last week

The drugs had been dealt through the novelty eggs, from inside Kinder chocolate. When police searched the men’s homes in March last year, drugs concealed in the plastic containers were found alongside weighing scales, and mobile phones which included evidence of texts and phone calls, highlighting how the process would work.

Prosecuting, Mr Richard Davies, said that Khan was an intelligent man who had been roped into the project to work the phones and Islam would work out on the streets supplying the drugs directly.

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Khan’s barrister, Nigel Hamilton, said he studied avionics at Leeds University and got involved in the drugs trade after crashing a car and not being able to pay off the £1,500 repair bill. He added that Khan’s family had been threatened and the arrest came as a ‘relief’ to the 25-year-old.

Nick Worsley, representing Islam, said he worked with young people in the West Bowling area and helped with sports initiatives, and had been recruited to the drugs trade to clear a debt.

The Recorder of Bradford, Judge Roger Thomas QC, said both defendants ‘willingly, enthusiastically and professionally’ supplied drugs.

The pair were arrested under Operation Stalebank, which was launched by West Yorkshire Police last year aiming to rid street dealers in the West Bowling, Manningham and Manchester Road areas.

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