A BROTHER and sister from Bradley have been given long jail sentences for serious drugs offences.
Michael Daley, 36, and his 37-year-old sister, Karen Daley, were said to be at the centre of a criminal network to supply drugs around England.
The pair ran Daley’s Cafe in Alder Street, Fartown.
They were found guilty at Leeds Crown Court along with three other men of conspiring to supply Class A drugs and offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Michael Daley was jailed for 14 years and his sister for nine.
The pair live in Bradley.
They were imprisoned in May, but under reporting restrictions the Examiner has not been able to report the outcome until today.
Their accomplices were Thomas Newsham, 43, of Wigan, who got 12 years; Maikel Kammeron, of Rotterdam, who was jailed for seven years and Gurprit Bobby Singh, 26, of Hall Green in Birmingham who was imprisoned for six years.
Paul Newmarsh, 38, of Shirley in Birmingham, was jailed for four years after he was convicted of two counts of money laundering.
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police’s Drugs and organised Crime Division said: “We are pleased with the sentences.
“This was a lengthy and thorough investigation by our officers with two and a half years passing before we could reach this point.
“The work that has gone into this investigation displays the ability and commitment of West Yorkshire Police to target the supply of Class A drugs. On this occasion it involved dismantling a criminal network involved in the supply of drugs right across the country and the movement and disguising of money and criminal assets abroad.
“More importantly, it is now a network that can no longer bring drugs onto the streets of West Yorkshire – drugs which bring so much harm to the community.”
The arrests and convictions followed a painstaking operation by West Yorkshire Police’s Drugs and Organised Crime Division working Revenue and Customs.
They had to scrutinise evidence gathered from across the world, including phone calls, money transfers and trips abroad.
It began in October 2004 when Michael Daley was arrested on the M6 in Staffordshire in possession of around £27,000 cash. Searches of addresses connected to Daley led to the seizure of equipment used for processing drugs, along with a quantity of crack cocaine and evidence that indicated Daley owned a large house in Jamaica.
Further inquiries linked Daley to Kammeron who had been arrested in September 2004 trying to leave Leeds/Bradford airport with £7,000.
Daley had met Kammeron when he had arrived at Manchester Airport the previous day.
Checks revealed that Michael Daley had made 21 trips to Holland and Jamaica between September 2002 and March 2004.
Inquiries also revealed that Michael and Karen Daley had been transferring cash out of the country via Western Union money transfers. Between September 2002 and October 2004 they had transferred £9,410 between them.
In February 2005 Daley and Wigan man Thomas Newsham were arrested in a pub car park at Leyland, Lancashire.
Under a seat in Newsham’s car police found a bag containing approximately £24,000 cash. Tests showed the money was contaminated with cannabis.
Daley’s car, parked nearby, was found to have a kilo of cocaine in the boot with a street value of £40,000 once it was broken down and distributed in small amounts. The cost to buy a kilo was around £25,000.
The bag which contained the cocaine was checked and a fingerprint of Gurprit Bobby Singh found.
Singh was arrested and later charged.
Newmarsh was an associate of Singh in the Birmingham area and inquiries revealed that Newmarsh was also in contact with Thomas Newsham.
When Newmarsh’s home was searched in January 2006 police found around £45,000 in a bedroom.
When he was arrested in July 2006 he had a further £21,000 on him. These cash seizures led to charges for money laundering.