The final member of a drugs gang who sold cocaine across the region has been jailed.

Tahir Ghafoor, 30, of Cheadle, was sentenced to six years imprisonment after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Ghafoor’s sentence was the final piece of a huge police investigation – codenamed Turnstone – into the supply of drugs. His sentence brought the total jail term of those involved to over 40 years.

One of the gang members was a Meltham man.

Ijaz Saeed, 29, of Helme Lane, Meltham, has also been given a six-year jail term for his part in the conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, particularly cocaine.

Cocaine seized by police in Operation Turnstone
Cocaine seized by police in Operation Turnstone
 

Only one member of the gang – who lived across the north of England – was not jailed immediately.

The investigation was led by Lancashire Police’s Targeted Crime Team – a specialist unit dedicated to the investigation of organised crime groups in Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley.

The principal subject of Operation Turnstone was Mustaq Bagas, who headed a well-established organised crime group extending across Lancashire, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire areas. This group was responsible for the buying, selling and movement of significant amounts of cocaine and heroin throughout the North West of England.

Cash seized from the drugs gang in Operation Turnstone
Cash seized from the drugs gang in Operation Turnstone
 

During the course of the investigation, which started in early 2012, police recovered more than nine kilos of heroin, half a kilo of cocaine, over 13,000 ecstasy tablets, over 125 kilos of cutting agents and almost £225k cash.