Three men who manufactured £1.3 million of the highly-addictive Class A drug ‘crystal meth’ in the first laboratory of its kind ever seen in Yorkshire have been sentenced to nearly two decades in prison.
Jabbar Hyder, Christian Allday and Thomas Cadden were producing the potentially lethal drug, which is more potent than cocaine and heroin but rarely found in the UK, “on an industrial scale”.
Police raided an industrial unit in Dewsbury and found more than 27 kilos of the drug after being tipped off by a supplier of laboratory grade chemicals which Hyder had been using to source his materials.
Though the crystal meth found was of a low quality, police say the men had the capacity to flood Yorkshire with millions of pounds of the illegal substance.
The drugs had been packed into heat-sealed packs in the unit in Earlsheaton, which Allday rented on the pretence of using it for spray-painting cars.
The trio were yesterday jailed for a total of 19 years and four months at Leeds Crown Court. Hyder, 31, of Textile Street, Dewsbury, and Allday, 29, of Rockhall Close, Birstall, received terms of nine-and-a-half years and seven years and four months respectively after admitting conspiring to produce crystal meth.
Cadden, 21, of Savile Street, Dewsbury, was jailed for two-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to being concerned in the production of the drug, also known as methylamphetamine.
Prosecutors said the supplier, ReAgent, noticed “suspicious orders” had been placed by Hyder for delivery to his car wash Hotspot, in Dewsbury.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Jeffrey of Kirklees Police said: “The facility set up by Hyder was, we believe, the first of its kind in the Yorkshire and Humber region and had the capacity to flood the streets of our region and other parts of the country with millions of pounds worth of methylamphetamine.”
Senior Crown Prosecutor Julian Briggs said the drug was “highly dangerous” and added: “This was a vast quantity, capable of blighting the lives of a great many individuals.”