A MAN from Rotherham who played a key role in a major illegal operation to supply cutting agents for Class A drugs has been jailed for eight years in Kent.
Omar Sadique, aged 29, of Regents Street, Kimberworth, was convicted at Maidstone Crown Court, following a five-week trial, of assisting in the supply of controlled drugs and conspiracy.
Jurors took nearly three days to reach their verdict.
Jailing Sadique, Judge Jeremy Gold QC told him: “You and others have to understand the proliferation of drugs is a cancer in our society. You have played a prominent part in the supply.”
Kent Police said Sadique ran a company, OA Supplies, from premises in Ecclesfield, Sheffield, which was prolific in the distribution of chemical cutting agents on a national scale.
Judge Gold said in 2009 Sadique had received a letter from the Serious and Organised Crime Agency making it ‘absolutely crystal clear’ that he was under close supervision and was committing a potentially serious criminal offence.
“You not only ignored that letter,” the judge told him. “You escalated your trading in these chemicals.
“The supply of such chemicals is an essential element in the chain of supply of drugs.”
Sadique went on trial with six others from different parts of the country. Three of them were convicted and together received prison sentences totalling nearly 24 years. Sadique’s was the longest jail term.
Another Rotherham man, Zakir Hussain, 29, of Felham Road, who had also denied assisting in the supply of controlled drugs, was cleared.
The court was told a clocktower on land at a farm near Sittingbourne in Kent was used to store chemicals which included drug cutting agents lidocaine, benzocaine, caffeine and phenacitin.