Five men sentenced after drugs den found in central Bradford

The ceiling where drugs were being concealed

Drugs seized from the premises

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FIVE MEN have been sentenced for their involvement in a drugs den after police seized £12,500 of heroin, cocaine and cannabis hidden in the premises in central Bradford.

Bags of cannabis were found concealed in false ceilings and more was discovered in a safe at offices in Hallfield Road, off Lumb Lane, on July 6, 2012, Bradford Crown Court heard.

The raided premises, comprising two adjoining terrace houses, was used as offices and bedsits, prosecutor Camille Morland said yesterday.

It was being managed by Kasim Hussain, 22, of the same address, on behalf of his unsuspecting uncle, the court heard.

In the dock with Hussain were Dominic Sleightholme, 27, also of Hallfield Road; Imtiaz Arif, 27, of Dawnay Road, Canterbury, Bradford; Mansur Shiraj, 25, of Hanover Square, Manningham, Bradford, and Tajuddin Ali, 26, of Otley Road, Shipley.

Hussain, Sleightholme, Arif and Ali pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cannabis in June, 2012.

Shiraj admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin at the premises on one occasion after his fingerprints were found on a wrapping containing the class A drug.

Sleightholme was also sentenced for actual bodily harm after beating up a doorman at the Love Apple Cafe in Bradford city centre in December last year. He was on bail for the drugs offence when he fractured two of the man's fingers.

Hussain was jailed for 12 months, Sleightholme for a total of 25 months, Shiraj for two years and Ali for 30 weeks.

Arif, who had no previous convictions, was sentenced to six moths imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.

Miss Morland said scales, mixing bowls, dealer bags and a heat-seal machine were also seized from the premises.

Although cocaine was among the haul, none of the defendants was being sentenced in connection with it.

Andrew Dallas, Hussain's barrister, said he was a gambling addict at the time and got involved in cannabis dealing to refund money he borrowed from his uncle's rent revenue.

He had now quit gambling and worked long hours for the family business.

Yunus Valli, for Sleightholme, said he had a pregnant partner and a positive future working for the YMCA.

Mr Valli, also representing Shiraj, said he happened to be at the property using cannabis when he was asked to pass on a package of heroin. He was a kind, caring and generous man from an excellent family.

Imran Khan, for Arif, said he played a lesser role and and had sought help for his drug problems.

Ken Green said Ali was married and in work. He had given up drugs and alcohol.

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