‘Untouchable’ pair of Leeds drug dealers jailed

Shaun Varley.
Shaun Varley.
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Two men who were involved in a £1.9m cocaine supply conspiracy on the streets of Leeds have both been jailed for four years.

Shaun Varley and Alex Simpson are the last members of an “untouchable” gang of dealers who had almost complete domination of the drugs market in the city.

Alex Simpson.

Alex Simpson.

The majority of the drug deals took place in front of the Malmaison Hotel, on Swinegate.

Much of the focus of the supply was aimed at recreational cocaine users.

Twelve other members of the of the gang were jailed for a total of 58 years in March.

Those involved in the operation may have generated a total of £3 million throughout the period of offending.

They operated a series of ring and bring’ dealer lines which generated almost 200,000 calls.

A total of 64,646 separate drug deals are believed to have been made before the gang members were arrested.

West Yorkshire Police worked undercover, posing as drug users, in order to gain evidence against the gang.

Varley, 24, of Miles Hill Street, and Alex Simpson, 21, of Potternewton Avenue, both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine.

The court heard both men were often responsible for carrying out deliveries of the drug.

One one occasion police found Simpson with a package contained 82 separate wraps of cocaine.

The package contained Varley’s fingerprints.

Judge Christopher Batty said: “It is quite clear to me that you two were very much trusted members of this team.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Griffin, from Leeds District CID, said: The individuals convicted have been involved in the organised and systematic supply of class A drugs on a large scale across the city.”