Drug dealer who set up a new crime empire to supply £3million in heroin and cocaine just TWO HOURS after being freed early from prison for ‘good behaviour’ is jailed for 15 years
- Drug dealer Mohammed Fazal, 32, had been locked up for eight years
- Police seized £1m of heroin and cocaine from him and found a cannabis factory
- He served less than half his stretch thanks to a decision by a parole board
- Hours after his release he set up a new crime empire to supply £3million in drugs
- He enlisted a team of accomplices to help him run it who have also been jailed
Mohammed Fazal, 32, had been locked up for eight years after police seized £1m of heroin and cocaine he was trading and uncovered a £500,000 cannabis factory. He set up a new crime empire – just two hours after being freed early ‘good behaviour’
A shameless drug dealer who was jailed for dealing heroin and cocaine set up a new crime empire – just two hours after being freed early ‘good behaviour.’
Manchester Crown Court heard, Mohammed Fazal, 32, had been locked up for eight years after police seized £1m of heroin and cocaine he was trading and uncovered a £500,000 cannabis factory.
A decision by a parole board, meant he served less than half his stretch and within hours of being let out Fazal met his old underworld contacts and set up a new drug trafficking racket which spanned the North of England and the Midlands.
He activated two mobile phones and planned the the ferrying of 13kg of cocaine and heroin worth up to £3m to towns and cities including Manchester, Halifax. West Yorks and Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs.
He also enlisted the help of a former cellmate and used a team of couriers and distributors.
Fazal also had access to an industrial unit which was used as safehouse for the drugs.
Fazal, of Rochdale, Greater Manchester was arrested following an 11 month operation by police who carried out covert surveillance on him and his gang as well as monitoring his phone records.
Two hours after his release, Fazal activated two mobile phones and planned the the ferrying of 13kg of cocaine and heroin worth up to £3m to towns and cities including Manchester, Halifax. West Yorks and Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs. Heroin seized from Fazal in 2013
Pictured, Fazal’s accomplices, Mohammed Hoque, Abu Khan and Raja Mobeen Khan who were also jailed
Nasir Ali, Mudasar Khan and Aneesha Ahmed who help Fazal run his crime empire
Ashraful Chowdhury, Adeel Faraz and Aftar Khan were also jailed after assisting Fazal in the drug operation
Hafiz Ullah, Simon Worrall and Samirul Choudhury are now behind bars for their role in the drug dealing operation
Officers seized 4.5kg of cocaine and 8.5kg of heroin plus £110,000 in cash.
Fazal was jailed for 15 years after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supplying heroin and cocaine.
Tariq Hussain was jailed for eight years
The court heard the father of two had originally been arrested in April 2013 when neighbours became suspicious about a ‘potent stench’ of marijuana coming from a flat he was linked to in Rochdale.
Officers found a large cannabis farm inside with 50 plants harvested with a street value of £43,000 plus £50,000 of heroin and cocaine and drug manufacturing equipment. Later heroin worth up to £1m was found at another property.
In November 2013 Fazal was jailed for eight years for possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.
Police said the sentences would ‘no doubt serve as a deterrent to anyone else who think they can make money delving in to this abhorrent trade.’
But on June 5 2017, Fazal was freed on parole and within hours picked up two encrypted mobile phones, one for daily use and the other to use as a disposable ‘burner’ to use in drug dealing.
Mr Alex Langhorn prosecuting said: ‘There were multiple amounts of heroin and cocaine moved around the North West and Midlands. Fazal became the head of the Rochdale crime group and immediately after his release from custody he took on the operation.
‘He used his contacts from previous times and also had contacts from another prisoner he was in jail with.
‘He was directly overseeing the amount of drugs and it was recorded he made trips with other drug dealers to discuss the continued supply. He delivered two boxes of drugs himself to home addresses.’
Pictured, a cannabis farm found when Fazal was arrested in 2013, which had 50 plants harvested with a street value of £43,000
Between June 2017 and May 2018 cocaine and heroin were supplied between Mohammed Fazal’s organised crime gang and another dealer in Halifax.
Police rounded up the gang after officers searched a house in Rochdale in December 2017 and discovered half a kilo of cocaine as well as heroin.
In mitigation for Fazal defence lawyer Robert Smith said: ‘He has another side to his character as being a good father. His GP said he suffered a serious bereavement last year that hit him very hard.
‘At the time he was in financial difficulties and was being treated for depression. He knows he will receive a substantial sentence for this. He wants to end that cycle of coming to court. He is now a grown man with children and failed to stay out of court. He is a good father and wants to change. He wants to be released from prison while his children are still of a young age.’
But detective inspector Lee Griffin from Greater Manchester Police said after the hearing: ‘Just hours after his release on license, Fazal decided to continue a life of crime.
‘But despite his and his co-conspirators attempts to avoid detection, our officers were soon uncovering significant quantities of drugs and cash that led to his gang’s downfall.
‘This was a wide-ranging and complex investigation, but thanks to the diligence and professionalism of our specialist officers we have managed to bring down an elaborate drugs conspiracy.
‘Drugs blight communities and ruin lives. These prosecutions send a strong message that we will not tolerate criminals attempting to profit from illegality.’
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Raja Mobeen Khan, 27, Tariq Hussain, 23, Mohammed Hoque, 21, and Mohammed Abu Khan, 27, all of Rochdale were given respective jail terms of ten years, eight years, seven years and seven years and a half years.
Zain Ahmed, 24, of Halifax was jailed for seven years. Hafiz Ullah, 34, of Nelson, Lanc, got ten years. All six men admitted conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine.
Hafiz Ullah was described as an ‘organiser and distributor’ plus the ‘Lancashire connection’.
Nasir Ali, 38, of Burnley, Lancs, Samirul Choudhury, 29, of Rochdale and Aftar Khan, 30, also of Rochdale were given respective jail terms of three years, four years and eight years. All admitted possession of drugs with intent to supply.
Ali, a taxi driver, was said to have had ‘little relevance’ of the scale of the gang’s operation. He was described as a ‘courier’ and ‘naive’.
Eight other men were also jailed for drugs offences.
Fazal fled after his home was raided, but he was arrested in Stranraer, south west Scotland, the court was told.
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