A FATHER who dealt drugs near to a primary school playground was among a string of drug dealers sent to prison yesterday.
Daniel Shaw, of Hall Cross Road in Lowerhouses, was one of a group of dealers who appeared in front of Judge Jonathan Rose at Bradford Crown Court.
They were all arrested as part of a huge-scale police crackdown on drugs across Kirklees last year, known as Operation Greystoke.
Shaw, 31, pleaded guilty to five counts of dealing class A drugs including heroin and cocaine.
Judge Rose told Shaw, who has an 11-year-old daughter, that one of the charges was more serious because he had dealt drugs in Victoria Road/Swan Lane area of Lockwood near a school.
Judge Rose said: “It is people like you who run the risk of exposing children not only to the supply of drugs, but also to those who come to you to buy them from you and the unsavoury nature of their behaviour.
“Your offending is aggravated by the offending being committed in the vicinity of a school.”
Judge Rose sentenced Shaw to two years for each of the four counts of dealing class A drugs he admitted to.
The sentence will run concurrently with a sentence of 27 months Shaw received for dealing drugs near the school.
Asif Hussain, of Victoria Road in Lockwood, was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of supplying cocaine and two counts of supplying heroin in the Lockwood area last year.
The court heard how Hussain, a father-of-three, told an undercover police officer he had some “wicked white” before selling her cocaine and the 34-year-old also called the heroin he was supplying “fantastic brown”.
Hussain, a heroin user for 10 years, had also been sentenced to four years in prison in 2001 for dealing class A drugs.
Judge Rose said: “The proliferation of drug abuse is responsible for a significant part of crime in this country.
“A very significant percentage of cases that come through these courts are caused because of drugs.”
Friends Manzoor Hassan, of Bland Street in Lockwood and Mohammed Aslam, of Yews Hill Road in Lockwood, appeared in the dock together.
Hassan, 30, was sent to jail for two years and nine months for seven counts of supplying class A drugs which he admitted.
Judge Rose told him: “You set up the drugs supply operation and managed it, you were in the business on your own account and not for somebody else’s and you involved others in it.”
Judge Rose said Hassan had involved his friend Mohammed Aslam, 23, in drugs by asking him for a lift to a deal in his Subaru.
Aslam pleaded guilty to being involved in the supply of drugs but denied knowing Hassan was going to hand over any drugs.
Judge Rose told Aslam: “I don’t understand what happened to you, I don’t understand at all.
“You have a job. I can see by looking at you, the way you’ve behaved in court, the way that you’ve dressed yourself, there’s nothing about you that explains why you’ve got involved and run the risk of going down for it.”
Judge Rose warned Aslam not to bring any more shame on his family as he sentenced him to a nine-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months and ordered him to complete 140 hours of unpaid work.
Judge Rose added: “I’ve no doubt that your family are deeply ashamed of what you have done.”