A Batley man has been jailed for four years after he was described as “a manager” at a 24/7 drugs den.

Nadeem Nassir, 35, was said to have given instructions to “shift workers” at a house in Halifax and to have chased up “stock” to sell to addicts who visited the property which was close to a school.

Three other men and a 63-year-old woman, who rented the house in Redcar Street, were also been jailed after a police operation uncovered activities at the house.

Catherine Boland,62, was locked up for three years after she admitted supplying Class A drugs to an undercover police officer and allowing her home to be used for drug dealing.

Bradford Crown Court heard how drug dealing activities at the house, which is close to Mount Pellon Junior and Infants School, were uncovered by a police officer posing as a drug user as part of Operation Lineland last year.

The police crackdown had been sparked by community concerns about dealing in heroin and cocaine and last October the officer visited the house for the first time to try and buy drugs.

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Prosecutor Stephanie Hancock said over the subsequent weeks the male officer visited the house 14 times and saw various people “working shifts” supplying drugs to other addicts.

“The Crown say this address was effectively being run as a business which supplied Class A drugs to customers 24 hours a day seven days a week,” said Miss Hancock.

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Recorder of Bradford Judge Roger Thomas QC said it was not a case involving people driving round in Ferraris and he described the property as “a squalid little house”.

But Miss Hancock said there was a degree of extra security at the house with wooden batons fixed across the back of the door, which was immediately shut after people entered the property.

She said Nassir, of Batley Field Mill, was seen collecting envelopes of cash containing hundreds of pounds which amounted to “end of shift takings”.

After his arrest Nassir, who admitted drug supply offences, denied claims that he was acting as “a boss” at the house, but Judge Thomas said it was an inevitable conclusion from the evidence of the officer that he was something of a manager..

Drug users Brian Slack, 53 , of West View Park, Halifax, and Darren McHugh, 42, of no fixed abode, were each jailed for three years after they admitted drug supply offences by working “shifts” at the house.

Homeless Mark Shuttlewood, 43, was jailed for four years.

He admitted similar offending, but the judge heard that he had two relevant previous convictions for supplying drugs.