Twelve members of a drug gang who sold almost £2million of cocaine on the streets of Leeds have been handed prison sentences totalling 58 years.
The “untouchable” dealers were said to have had a virtual monopoly on the city’s drugs market over a year long period.
It is thought that as many as 64,646 deals were made before the members were arrested, with around 200,000 calls made to the dealers’ phones. The bulk of the Class A drug supply was provided to recreational cocaine users.
But the operation was finally broken up after West Yorkshire Police went undercover to gather evidence about the gang.
A string of raid across Leeds uncovered £25,000 cash, with quantities of cocaine, cannabis and heroin discovered across several properties.
The drugs seized are believed to have a street value of over £70,000.
DCI Mark Griffin, from Leeds District CID, said: ‘‘The individuals convicted today have been involved in the organised and systematic supply of class A drugs on a large scale across the city.
“A number of those who are starting significant jail terms believed they were untouchable and revelled in the reputation they culminated through their criminality.
“We are committed to tackling those involved in the supply of drugs and the removal of this crime group and the harmful drugs they supplied makes communities across Leeds safer.’’
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