Staffordshire police have welcomed jail sentences totalling 41 years handed to seven members of a drugs gang found with heroin with a street value of £400,000.
An 18-month operation was launched by detectives from Staffordshire and Yorkshire constabularies to break the major drugs trafficking chain which stretched from Stoke-on-Trent to Bradford and Leeds.
During the investigation, officers recovered almost four kilos of heroin and 95g of cocaine, as well as high-powered hand guns, ammunition and £24,000 in cash.
Mazafar Hussain (23), of Lightwood Road, Stoke-onTrent; Babir Hussain (28), of Bankfield Road, Stoke-on-Trent, and Wazir Hussain (30), from Higher Downs, Bradford, all admitted conspiracy to supply heroin at a previous hearing.
Wazir Hussain also admitted possession with intent to supply cocaine and six firearms and ammunition charges.
Iftahar Hussain (23), of Chaplin Road, Stoke-on-Trent; Alan Bayard (49), of Alberta Street, Stoke-on-Trent, and Redwan Khalie (26), of no fixed abode, all pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply heroin, while Mohammed Shafiq (26), of Kirkham Road, Bradford, admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin.
At Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, Wazir Hussain was jailed for 14 years; Mazafar Hussain for eight years; Babir Hussain and Bayard for five years each, while Iftahar Hussain, Mohammed Shafiq and Redwan Khalie were all given three-year sentences.
Detective Chief Inspector Laurie Whitby-Smith, head of the Major Crime Unit at Staffordshire Police, yesterday said a great deal of work had gone into catching the defendants since the start of 2005.
He said: "They were part of a ring that supplied heroin between Stoke-on-Trent, Bradford and Leeds and, as shown by the weapons seized, were dangerous criminals involved in serious and organised crime."