A dealer who sold drugs in Belper for a large West Yorkshire and Derbyhire heroin gang has been jailed for six years.
Ben Hargreaves, 36, of Manor Road, Belper, admitted to being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs during a hearing at Leicester Crown Court.
In total, 11 people either pleaded or were found guilty of conspiracy to supply heroin, possession of heroin with intent to supply or being concerned in the supply of heroin and received a combined 50 years in jail.
Brothers Mohammed Kabeer, Mohammed Jangir and Mohammed Shabir used relatives, including sons and nephews, to help them sell heroin in Derbyshire, having bought the drug from associates in Bradford.
Acting on intelligence about the activity of the relatives and their associates, officers from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit identified key members of the conspiracy and executed warrants at addresses in Derbyshire and West Yorkshire during March and November last year.
Detectives recovered heroin, most divided into small quantities prepared for sale. Several thousands of pounds in cash was also seized as evidence that the brothers and their associates were involved in the supply of Class A drugs.
It is estimated that the street value of the drugs recovered was £8,770. Hargreaves was the Belper arm of the drug dealing operation, selling the gang’s drugs in the town.
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Mason, of the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, said: “The admissions of guilt and the convictions obtained at court are testament to the excellent work of the investigating officers in this case.
“It is also a first-class example of the collaboration work between the regional unit and our East Midlands police forces; in this case Derbyshire Police, who firstly brought this criminal group to our attention and later assisted us with enforcement activity.
“The conspiracy pervaded a tightly-knit network of relatives, and was overseen by individuals who would no doubt have had a considerable influence over other family members, even while one of those leading figures was serving a prison sentence for drugs offences.
“Nevertheless, the conspiracy was successfully detected and prosecuted, reinforcing the message that we will not tolerate the supply of illegal drugs in our communities, and those who attempt to do so will find there will be a very robust police response.”