NAMED: The 19 alleged Class A drug dealers charged with operating in Leeds city centre
Police have charged 19 men on suspicion of supplying the Leeds party scene with Class A drugs.
They've launched a major operation targeting dealing, including drugs such as MDMA and cocaine, in the city centre's nightspots during the Christmas party season.
A further two men, one from London and another from Leeds, have been arrested but are yet to be charged.
Charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and remanded in custody to next court appearance on January 2, 2019:
Jamile Gatewood (21), of no fixed address.
Tyrone Sealey (18), of Harehills Avenue, Leeds
Kovi Lee (18), of Merrion Street, Leeds
Dominic Williams (19), of no fixed address
Omarie Adams (26), of Probert Avenue, Barnsley
Kevin Thompson (23), of Cowper Street, Leeds
Mohammed Maboub Jar (26), of Briarsdale Garth, Leeds
Amarri Edwards (18), of Nowell Terrace, Leeds
The following are charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and bailed from court with conditions including city centre exclusion, night-time curfew and non-association:
Bilal Hussain (18), of Foundry Avenue, Leeds
Said Hamza (18), of Bracken Court, Leeds
Reyez Rahman (19), of Elford Place West, Leeds
Nicky Walker (22), of Lincombe Bank, Leeds
Amjad Keshem (19), of Broughton Terrace, Leeds
Hussein Ally (28), of South Farm Road, Leeds
Four people under the age of 18 have also been arrested on this charge, but cannot be named for legal reasons.
Charged following arrested in New Farnley:
Jermain Fitzgerald Padmore (30), of Butterbowl Gardens, Leeds.
Charged with possession of cocaine with intent to supply, possession of MDMA with intent to supply, and possession of cannabis. On police bail to appear at Leeds Magistrates Court on Jan 9, 2019 – bail conditions include night-time curfew and reporting to the police station.
Yet to be charged:
A 21-year-old man, from London, remains on conditional police bail pending further enquiries and a 20-year-old man, from Leeds, remains released under investigation.
Detective Superintendent Chris Gibson, Head of Crime for Leeds District, said: “We are confident that this operation will have dealt a significant blow to the organised supply of illegal drugs in the city centre’s night-time economy.
“We cannot and will not tolerate illegal activity which puts people at risk, leads to an increase in other types of offences and reduces people’s feelings of safety while enjoying a night out.
“We remain firmly committed to making use of every available tactic to target those we suspect of being involved in the organised supply of drugs, and we will continue to work alongside our partner agencies, businesses and the community to tackle this type of criminality and keep people safe.”