A BRADFORD drug dealer who “brazenly” advertised his Scooby Line on promotional T-shirts has been jailed for six years.

Wajid Hussain ran his own “ring and bring” crack cocaine and heroin business, paying drivers in hire cars to deliver the wraps and offering cut-price deals, Bradford Crown Court heard today.

Hussain, 27, of Cunliffe Terrace, Manningham, Bradford, who controlled the Scooby Line from April to July last year, pleaded guilty to five counts of supplying Class A drugs.

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His driver, Kevin Hodgson, 59, of Washington Street, Girlington, Bradford, was jailed for two years and two months after admitting supplying Class A drugs on June 19 and 20 last year.

Prosecutor Michael Smith said that Hussain was the first Operation Errantdance defendant to be sentenced for playing a leading role in a drugs supply chain.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The promotional t-shirt used to advertise the Scooby LineThe promotional t-shirt used to advertise the Scooby Line

The undercover police operation to snare street dealers in the Bradford East area took place in the early part of this year.

The number of people caught in the sting and jailed at Bradford Crown Court is already into double figures.

Mr Smith said the operation had uncovered various drugs supply lines, with “employees” bringing wraps of crack and heroin to waiting addicts.


Unusually, the court heard, Hussain used his own phone number to run the Scooby Line.

“It appears that it was in effect his operation, or one in the very least in which he played a very significant role,” Mr Smith said.

On April 9, undercover officer “Emily” called the Scooby Line and a Skoda Octavia appeared with Hussain in the passenger seat. She bought a wrap of heroin for £7.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Hussain (left) and Hodgson were jailed at Bradford Crown Court yesterdayHussain (left) and Hodgson were jailed at Bradford Crown Court yesterday

On June 19, “Libby” bought a £10 wrap of heroin from the line and was told she could have “three for £20.” Hodgson was driving a Vauxhall Insignia on that occasion.

The following day, Hussain and Hodgson drove up to sell “Libby” another £10 wrap. She asked if they would do ten wraps for £60 and Hussain said yes.

Last month, the police raided Hussain’s home and found a T-shirt with the Scooby Line’s phone number on it, along with “three for 25.”

Also seized from his address were scales, Kinder eggs, cash and dealer bags.

Hussain had 18 previous convictions for 31 offences, including supplying Class A drugs in 2012, when he was sent to a young offender institution for 16 months.

His other offences included aggravated vehicle taking, battery and racially aggravated harassment.

He had been recalled to prison on licence for a dangerous driving sentence and he was in breach of a Criminal Behaviour Order.

Hussain’s solicitor advocate, Andrew Walker, said it was an unusual feature of the case that the Scooby Line number was registered to his client.

But the Recorder of Bradford, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC, replied: “It is typical of the brazen arrogance of those who think they are big men in their society.”

The court heard that Hussain was the father of three young children and would miss seeing their formative years.

Shufqat Khan, for Hodgson, said he was out of work at the time.

He was asked to hire the vehicles and at first did not realise that he was driving for drug dealers.

He was relieved when he was arrested because it got him out of it.

Judge Durham Hall said the Scooby Line was “brazenly broadcast” on Hussain’s T-shirt and its phone was registered to him.

“You are intimately linked to the operation of this line,” the judge said.

He told Hodgson: “People like you must resist the temptation of easy money for driving drug dealers.”

But the judge conceded that Hodgson’s involvement was limited.