Armed police uncover Class A drug trafficking operation after dealer caught with heroin in Leeds
Two men have been jailed for for trafficking Class A drugs from West Yorkshire, after one was caught with two kilos of heroin in Leeds.
Mudassar Iqbal, 38, from Keighley and Nadeem Razaq, 54, from Leicester, were sentenced to a combined 13.5 years at Leeds Crown Court on Friday after pleading guilty to drugs offences.
Iqbal was sentenced to nine years for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs while Razaq was sentenced to 4.5yrs for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
The conspiracy was unravelled after Razaq was stopped by armed police while driving in Leeds city centre on Sunday May 31.
He was found to be in possession of two kilos of heroin.
Enquiries by West Yorkshire Police’s Programme Precision Team established he was acting as a courier, while Iqbal had played a leading role in orchestrating the supply.
Iqbal was identified and arrested by officers in July 2020
Detective Chief Inspector Jon Key, of Protective Services (Crime), said: "We welcome the sentencing of these two men at Leeds Crown Court for what was a determined effort to traffic substantial amounts of Class A drugs across the country.
“Programme Precision was formed to combat organised crime gangs, such as the one these men operated, and this conviction demonstrates that criminals from outside West Yorkshire who seek involvement in criminal activity here will be relentlessly pursued, as will their associates.
“Drugs crime is a huge blight on communities and we continue to urge anyone who has information about drug dealing to report it to the police or anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”
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