A DRUG dealer who masterminded a plot to sell heroin and crack cocaine worth £220,000 on the streets of Sheffield has been locked up for 12 years.
Buyers travelled from as far as Scotland and Wales to meet Usman Malook’s lieutenants at Meadowhall and buy heroin and cocaine, Sheffield Crown Court heard.
Malook, aged 24, tried to keep himself at arm’s length from the handovers, to try to avoid detection, but police kept him under surveillance and analysed calls made on his numerous mobile phones.
When officers raided his home on Stoney Ridge Road, Kiveton Park, they found mobile phones, £7,300 in cash, a bullet proof vest and evidence Malook had attended a ‘close protection’ course in France the year before. An Audi TT was parked outside.
Tim Capstick, prosecuting, said in 2009 Malook was involved in a deal to sell 3kg of heroin, which had an estimated street value of £120,000 – but the buyer was an undercover police officer.
Mr Capstick said Malook was not arrested because police mounted an operation to target him and between January and June 2011 he oversaw three big deals.
In January 2011, Malook was behind a deal which took place at a hotel in Sheffield city centre during which 2kg of heroin, with a street value of £89,000 was handed over.
A further deal took place after a contact travelled from Wales to Sheffield, meeting Malook’s associates before £5,000 of cocaine was handed over at a business in Meadowhall Road.
A third deal was done with a woman who travelled from Scotland to Sheffield to buy £6,500 of heroin on Farm Road near the Midland Railway Station.
Malook admitted two counts of conspiracy to supply a controlled drug.
Daniel Jones, mitigating, said Malook was a carer for his sick, elderly mother and his brother who had leukaemia.
He said: “This is a young man who has the capability to be a very useful member of society.”
Jailing him, Judge Rosalind Coe QC said Malook was not addicted to drugs and committed the offences for financial gain, adding there was evidence of him living a luxury lifestyle.
She said: “Together with others you supplied sizeable quantities of heroin and cocaine. People travelled from north Wales and Scotland to obtain the drugs. It appears to me your role in these deals was very much a leading one.”