Three men have been jailed for a total of nearly 30 years after armed police found £2m worth of heroin and cocaine at a house in Dewsbury.

Others have also been locked up as police smashed the drugs network

Leeds Crown Court heard the Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Crime Unit had already seized £39,000 in cocaine belonging to the same gang the previous month when a car was stopped at junction 37 on the M1 on its way to a South Yorkshire dealer.

But it was on March 5 this year they searched the property of Mohammed Mahmood in Wakefield Road, Dewsbury, and found he was “warehousing” the drugs for the operation’s leader Afzaal Akram.

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Kirstie Watson prosecuting said the search came after Mahmood was seen carrying a pizza box from his home to two men parked in a BMW nearby.

Armed officers surrounded the car and arrested the men and the pizza box was found to contain heroin with a street value of £48,750.

When his home was searched 37.2 kilogrammes of Class A drugs were found in four different bags hidden in Mahmood’s garden, including heroin with a street value of just under £2m as well as cocaine worth £79,629.

Akram, 29 of Old Bank Road, Earlsheaton, admitted conspiracy to supply and was jailed for 13 years six months.

Leeds Crown Court
Leeds Crown Court

Judge Neil Clark said the case involved the “wholesale supply of large amounts of Class A drugs” and Akram played a principal role in the conspiracy.

Amjad Hussain, 23, of Clark Street, Dewsbury, who also admitted the conspiracy was jailed for 10 years. He was described by the prosecution as Akram’s “right hand man.”

He also admitted a separate conspiracy to supply drugs in the York area in 2014 for which he was given a concurrent sentence.

Mahmood, 31, was jailed for six years for his part in the conspiracy.

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A 17-year-old teenager from Batley who cannot be identified was ordered to be detained for three years nine months after admitting conspiracy.

Mohsin Patel, 27 of Trinity Street, Batley was jailed for 10 months and Waseem Akram, 23 of Manor Way, Staincliffe, Batley was jailed for eight months after they admitted acquiring criminal property. The court heard they were seen collecting cash each on one occasion.