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£6m heroin haul hidden in furniture

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BEHIND BARS: Hafiz Akhtar was sentenced to 15 years in prison

BEHIND BARS: Hafiz Akhtar was sentenced to 15 years in prison

Tables have turned for drug smuggling group

A £6 million haul of class-A drugs, found hidden in furniture in Liverpool, has landed three would-be drug smugglers lengthy prison sentences this week.

Hafiz Akhtar, Mohammed Naeim Yaqub and Abdul Wahid were jailed for a combined total of more than 33 years after a huge shipment of heroin was discovered back in 2012.

Border Force officials made the find when searching a shipping container from Pakistan at the Royal Seaforth Docks in Liverpool.

The container appeared to be stocked with furniture, yet after further inspection, 8kg of heroin was found concealed in boxes.

It was being delivered to a storage unit at Hendon Mill in Nelson, Lancashire, on 14th May 2012, where a search of the premises, alongside another in Leeds, recovered a further 20.5kg of heroin.

Akhtar, 35, of Leeds Road, Dewsbury, was found guilty of conspiring to supply heroin after driving a hired van filled with some of the furniture to a storage unit in Leeds.

He was handed the longest sentence of 15 years at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

Yaqub, 34, and Wahid, 37, both from Nelson, Lancashire, were also jailed for 11-and-a-half and seven years respectively.

Tony McMullin, regional director of Border Force North Region, said: “This was an intricate concealment but thanks to the vigilance of our Border Force officers we helped stop these dangerous drugs finding their way to the streets.

“Smugglers will always develop new and elaborate methods to try to get their illegal products into the UK and detections such as this are a real testament to our officers’ expertise.

“Working closely with law enforcement colleagues at the NCA we are determined to prevent drug trafficking and put those responsible behind bars.”


Coleman and Wells Ltd

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Colemann and Wells Bed

Yorkshire’s cosiest interior design studio

What was once Dewsbury’s best kept secret for all your furniture needs is quickly becoming the desired retailer of choice for Yorkshire’s homeowners as Colemann and Wells Ltd continue to forge a glowing reputation.

The furniture specialists, which pride themselves on helping turn houses into homes, can provide every decoration a bedroom could need from bespoke bed designs to light fittings and wall decor.

Colemann and Wells mamking bedWith its own design studio and development floor on site, customers can watch as their dream creations are turned into reality right in front of their eyes by a skilled design team.

Every aspect of the bed, from start to finish, can be modified to your exact specification to ensure the design is exactly what you want.

Of course, there are also an array of options, from single beds, king size and even children designs, available in the spacious showroom which are all available to purchase today.

The Dewsbury-based business is run by a dedicated team of interior designers and was set up by local resident, Shaz Khan and his Partner , as a way of giving something back to the community.

Every enquiry or order is handled with a personal touch, with the Colemann and Wells team always willing to go that little bit further for the benefit of the customer, ensuring that complete service and customer satisfaction is achieved with a price that won't break the bank.

With an eye for design, Mr Khan or one of his fellow design team members and designers are able to visit homes to suggest design ideas and help with any dimension problems or queries that you may have.

Colemann and WellsA delivery and fitting team are even available to bring your purchase direct to your home within two weeks of purchase and set up the furniture, allowing you to sit back (or lay down) and relax.

Likewise, in store, fully qualified staff are on hand to give similar advice with hundreds of samples available to compare and contrast colours which will one day decorate your bedroom.

Located on Halifax Road, Colemann and Wells Ltd are the experts of delivering a good night’s sleep which everyone deserves, so why not call in today and see what they can do for you.


Contact details:

Colemann and Wells Ltd

Unit 6, 43 Halifax Road,

Dewsbury, WF13 4AW

Tel: 01924 676 023