Sheffield drug gang leader on the run
The leader of a drug gang in Sheffield due to be sentenced for conspiracy to supply heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis is on the run.
Mohammed Anwaar, aged 31, was convicted in his absence after a trial at Sheffield Crown Court.
He vanished after being arrested over his involvement in the supply of drugs in Sheffield and then later released under investigation as further enquiries were carried out.
Anwaar, of no fixed abode, has been listed as one of South Yorkshire Police’s ‘most wanted’ for months and when he failed to turn up for his trial he was found guilty in his absence of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, concealing criminal property and possession of cannabis.
Five others involved in the gang have already been sentenced after being convicted of their parts in the supply of over £100,000 worth of drugs across Sheffield.Sheffield Crown Court heard that in June 2015, the Fortify Team in Sheffield, which tackles serious and organised crime, launched an investigation into the gang, which was suspected of dealing and moving Class A and B drugs - mainly crack cocaine, heroin and cannabis - across Sheffield.Officers suspected that the gang was also laundering its illegal profits and after months of developing intelligence on its members, the team executed a series of warrants in February 2016.Eight arrests were made and Anwaar was suspected to have been the gang’s leader.Over £90,000 in cash was recovered, as well as a CS gas canister, cannabis, five 100 gram gold bars, 25 packages of crack cocaine and 24 packages of heroin.
Tabassum Mohammed, 27, Shazad Hassan, 22 and Zahide Parveen, 50, all of Holmhirst Way, Woodseats, Sheffield, were each jailed for two years last week.
Mohammed and Parveen were both found guilty of concealing criminal property and converting criminal property and Hassan was found guilty of concealing criminal property and possession with intent to supply cannabis
Luke Padley, 28, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and possession with intent to supply cannabis at an earlier hearing but failed to attend court to be sentenced and was jailed for five years and two months in his absence.Nilopher Kauser, 29, of Holmhirst Way, Woodseats, was jailed for two years and eight months after pleading guilty to concealing criminal property, converting criminal property and possession of a prohibited weapon.
On-the-run gang leader Anwaar is due to be sentenced this week with two other members of the criminal enterprise – Arsalan Hussain, 30, of West View Lane, Totley, Sheffield and Gemma Doherty, 34, of no fixed abode.Hussain pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of Class B drugs and converting criminal property and Doherty pleaded guilty to concealing criminal property and possession of a prohibited weapon.