South Yorkshire drugs ring: Mexborough man jailed

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A Mexborough man has been jailed for 16 years for his part in a sophisticated drugs production ring valued by police at £125 million.

Mohammed Ishaq, 39, of Main Street, (pictured bottom right) was one of five men sentenced for offences relating to the class A drugs set-up based in Sheffield.

Mohammed Faizan, 26, of Whiteways Close, Adnan Lal, 27, of Crabtree Close, Haidar Ali, 25, of Earl Marshall Road, all in Fir Vale and Mohammed Zulficar, 33, of Cranworth Place in Eastwood, Rotherham, were all convicted this week at Sheffield Crown Court.

Zulficar has been sentenced to 24 years in prison, Lal for 18 years, and Faizan and Ali to 12 years each.

The five men were arrested in April 2012 and subsequently all charged with conspiracy to produce Class A drugs and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

DC Andrew Shaw, the officer who led the investigation, said: “This was a sophisticated operation which we were able to stop, thanks to the information from an observant and concerned local resident.

“This is a prime example of the community and the police working together in difficult times. Drugs are a blight on decent communities that can have disastrous effects on lives.

“I would always encourage members of the public to tell us what’s happening in their communities and we will take action wherever possible.”