Five members of a Leeds drug gang who ran a ‘dial-a-deal’ hotline have been jailed for more than 24 years.
Police smashed the cocaine and heroin dealing network after a five-month-long covert operation.
A Leeds Crown Court judge yesterday jailed the gang’s 35-year-old ringleader Anh Hoang for 11 years after describing the drug dealing network as a “professional and organised enterprise”.
When police raided the home Hoang shared with partner Renee Newell in Talbot Avenue, Roundhay, they found evidence of a lavish lifestyle.
Officers found a Rolex watch worth more than £18,000, designer clothes and a 2010-plate Audi TTRS.
Financial investigations revealed Newell had six bank accounts into which £73,243 was
deposited between December 2008 and May 2012.
The police investigation centred on a drugs supply network known as the Yella Line or Tom Line.
Police acted after witnessing crack cocaine and heroin deals on streets in the Harehills, Lincoln Green and Little London areas of Leeds between January and May last year.
Checks on mobile phones recovered from drugs users arrested following the transactions showed outgoing calls made to the drugs ‘hotline’ numbers.
Users would telephone or text a mobile phone number and be directed to streets in Leeds where they would be supplied with heroin or crack cocaine by dealers.
Anh Hoang used accomplice Kevin Sam to hold the Yella/Tom mobile phones. Sam would answer calls from buyers and arrange the supply of drugs from a team of street dealers.
When police raided Kevin Sam’s home they found 177 wraps of heroin and 161 wraps of crack cocaine.
All five men admitted conspiracy to supply class ‘A’ drugs and money laundering. Hoang, 35, also admitted money laundering.
Kevin Sam, 23, of Spencer Place, Chapeltown, was jailed for four-years-and-three-months; Reece Brookes, 24, of Grange View, Chapeltown, was jailed for three years and nine months; Damien Skellington, 38, of Harehills Avenue, Harehills, was sentenced to three years; Nathan Webbe, 33, of Sholebroke Street, Chapeltown, was jailed for two-and-a-half years.
Renee Newell, 29, of Talbot Avenue, Roundhay, admitted money laundering.
She was handed a 15 month jail sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work.