Two career criminals have been given lengthy prison sentence for conspiracy to supply class A drugs following a covert police operation.
Duane Buike and Karl Callaghan were caught after they were filmed repeatedly going in and out of a block of flats in Burmantofts, Leeds, where they hid a £30,000 stash of heroin and cocaine in a suitcase.
At the time of their arrest in January this year, Buike was on police bail after being arrested for supplying drugs to undercover officers on seven separate occasions in street deals in the Harehills area of the city.
Buike, of Vinery Close, East End Park, was jailed for six years and eight months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs and seven offences of supplying class A drugs.
Callaghan, of Scargill Grange, Burmantofts, was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
Leeds Crown Court heard the pair, both aged 29, have been criminal associates for many years and are “like brothers”.
They received jail sentences between six and seven years in 2006 for conspiracy to burgle over a series of ram raids at electrical goods stores.
The court heard an officer who worked on that case recognised the pair from the footage obtained during the drug supply operation.
Buike was arrested in the foyer of the flats and was found in possession of a key to one of the properties. Inside the flat, which belonged to the best friend of Callaghan’s mother, they found a suitcase containing heroin and cocaine with a street value of £33,900.
Jailing the pair, judge Neil Clarke said: “Both of you knew what was going on there. This is a serious matter.”