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Custodial sentences for drug gang

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A gang of drug dealers have been jailed for more than 30 years between them after police exposed a plot to smuggle over £400,000 of cocaine into Braford.

Salim Patel and Sabbir Munshi, both 33, Faizal Nanlawala , 30, and Suhail Khojani, 32, were handed lengthy custodial sentences for their part in the “sophisticated conspiracy.”

They had pleaded guilty to setting up a business address in Yorkshire from which to distribute 2.24 kilos of the Class A drug.

Evidence of the plot first came to light in April 2013 when the cocaine shipment was intercepted at Heathrow Airport by customs officials, who discovered the cache concealed in packaging sent by air freight from Ecuador.

The package was marked for a delivery address in Bradford, resulting in West Yorkshire detectives becoming involved in the investigation.

Acting Detective Sergeant Mark Higginbottom said: “These men have been brought to justice following a detailed and painstaking operation which has involved partners in the NCA and at UK Boarder Agency.

“All four of these men live outside of our county but were intent on distributing this highly pure cocaine in to Bradford and across our region.

“I hope their sentences send a very clear message that anyone intent on bringing drugs into our region should expect to come to the attention of West Yorkshire officers. We will find you and we will bring you to justice.”

Drug laws in the UK have become stricter over the years, constantly evolving to take into account new strains of recreational drugs and the relatively recent introduction of so-called ‘legal highs’ (which can be swiftly criminalised if deemed to pose a genuine risk). If you are facing such charges then the specialist drug offence solicitors at Lester Morrill can help.