Sheffield drugs gang jailed for 34 years

A gang which flooded a Sheffield suburb with heroin, cocaine and cannabis has been jailed for a total of 34 years.

Monday, 19th December 2016, 8:08 am
Updated Thursday, 29th December 2016, 2:30 pm
Clockwise from top left - Farooq Khan, Liban Abdullah, Marcus Golding, Umer Mohammed, Steven James Richards, Mohammed Shafiq.

The six men admitted conspiracy to supply Class A drugs after a police operation in which drugs worth £600,000 were seized.

Steven James Richards, aged 44, of Hartley Brook Road, Shiregreen, was found with two kilograms of heroin plus a cutting agent when his car was stopped by police on the M1 in February.

In an undercover operation five other gang members were identified and found with heroin, a drug mixing agent and cannabis in their vehicles.

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They supplied drugs into the Burngreave area of Sheffield.

Richard was jailed for six years for his role in the gang.

Farooq Khan, 31, of Denholme Close, Burngreave, who also pleaded guilty to one count of possessing criminal property and one count of possession of Class B drugs, was jailed for 10 years.

Police found a substantial amount of cash in his house and heroin and cocaine where he worked.

Marcus Nathaniel Golding, 27, of Cemetery Road, Sharrow, who also admitted possession of Class B drugs, was jailed for seven years.

Umer Mohammed, 31, of Burngreave Road, Burngreave, who also admitted the same extra offence, was jailed for five years.

Mohmmed Shafiq, 33, of The Common, Ecclesfield, was jailed for six years.

Liban Abdullah, 27, of De La Salle Drive, Pitsmoor, is to be sentenced in January.

Detective Inspector Graham Bulmer said: “This group planned and orchestrated the supply of Class A drugs in and around the Burngreave area and the disruption of this group is a significant result for Sheffield.

“We estimate that the total street value of the drugs we recovered was around £600,000 - a massive amount that could do serious harm to our communities.

“I’m pleased this group are behind bars and I hope this court case reaffirms to the public our absolute dedication to tackle organised crime and drug supply in our city.

“We will relentlessly pursue individuals who place our local communities at risk by dealing in drugs and will take swift action to bring these people to justice.”