Three Bradford drug dealers nabbed by undercover police sting Operation Stalebank have been locked up for a total of more than 13 years.
Mohammed Mushtaq, Brian Davis and Khadim Hussain were caught peddling Class A drugs on the streets of Bradford after officers posing as drug abusers rang “dealer lines” to order speedy and efficient delivery of wraps of heroin and crack cocaine.
The trio, who were sentenced separately yesterday, joined a list of more than 60 similar offenders who have been dealt with by the Recorder of Bradford, Judge Roger Thomas QC, over the last few months.
Mushtaq, 38, of Pemberton Drive, Great Horton, Bradford, was jailed for five years after admitting possession of drugs with intent to supply on five dates in April and May last year, and again, on bail, on December 20.
Prosecutor Richard Davies said Mushtaq used the tag “Leyton” and worked for the “Beastie” line delivering drugs in a Vauxhall Vectra.
He told the police he was a drug addict and had blown his £8,000 savings on his habit.
Mushtaq was bailed but rearrested on December 20, the day he was due at Crown Court for sentence.
Mr Davies said Mushtaq was caught in a car in Bradford Road, Shipley, with 37 wraps of drugs in a plastic bag stuffed down his trousers.
He said he was spending his £800 savings on a “drugs binge” before he was sentenced in a few hours.
Mushtaq’s barrister, Shufqat Khan, said he was easy prey for the dealers who manipulated him. Vulnerable and with mental health issues, he was lured in with drugs and clothing “on tick”.
Judge Thomas said the “Beastie” line was a “prevalent, determined and slick” drugs operation.
Davis, 45, of Manningham Lane, Manningham, Bradford, worked for the “Saj” line. Calling himself “Puma”, he sold drugs from his Ford Puma car in Valley Parade, even dealing at 6.30pm after Bradford City had played at home, the court heard.
Davis admitted four offences of supplying Class A drugs in April and was jailed for 33 months.
His barrister, Ian Howard, said: “He was homeless and penniless when this opportunity landed in his lap and, stupidly, he went along with it.”
Hussain, 43, of Kensington Street, Girlington, Bradford, was locked up for five years and eight months.
A “4th strike” drug dealer, he was known as “Jetta” and worked for the “Taz” line.
He was seen supplying heroin on one day in May, having already served three stretches in prison for similar offences.
Hussain’s barrister Stephen Wood said he supplied drugs on one occasion only and had been recalled to jail.