Cannabis dealer jailed for helping crime family operate 'drug supermarket' in south Leeds

A man who helped a Leeds crime family to operate a 'drug supermarket' and sell 40kgs worth of cannabis on the city’s streets has been sent to prison.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 4:45 pm

Michael O’Reilly was locked up for 29 months over his involvement in a cannabis supply conspiracy based in Beeston.

Brothers Asif and Kashif Khan and their two cousins, Shamrayz and Sohail, were jailed at Leeds Crown Court last month.A judge described the brothers' family home on Tempest Road, Beeston, as a 'drug supermarket' after hearing how members of the Khan family ran the illegal operation for 18 months before they were finally arrested.

The Khans operated a 'ring and bring' drug supply line which received an average of 200 calls per day.

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Michael O'Reilly was jailed for 29 months for his role in a major cannabis supply conspiracy in south Leeds.

The defendants and others involved in the conspiracy were arrested or had drugs seized from vehicles and properties in south Leeds on 11 separate occasions but continued to sell cannabis.

The operation brought them into conflict with rival gangsters which resulted in shots being fired at Asif on one occasion.

O’Reilly was jailed today (March 1) after a court heard of nine occasions when he was observed by police being involved in the conspiracy.

Matthew Bean, prosecuting, described the occasions O'Reilly was stopped in vehicles and cannabis, cash and mobile phones were seized.

During one incident, on December 18, 2018, he was stopped in a black BMW on Dulverton Close, Cottingley, and the class B drug was found in 17 grip seal bags inside the vehicle.

O'Reilly, 26, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cannabis

He admitted handling stolen goods in relation to a separate offence.

The defendant’s fingerprints were found on stolen car parts when officers were called to a property in Armley in May 2019.

The parts were from a BMW which had been stolen in a house burglary in Leeds.

The court heard O'Reilly pleaded guilty to the offences at an early stage.

He became involved in the operation to pay off a drugs debt he owed to the Khans

Judge Andrew Stubbs QC said: "It was a large-scale and financially successful operation run from the Khan's house.

"You were exploited by those higher up the chain.

"But you were a trusted operative for them and the duration and scale of this cannabis conspiracy was substantial.

"You were in it for the money. You were in it to pay off a drugs debt.

"No matter how many times police stopped you in the car with drugs, you kept on doing it."