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Great Horton drug smuggler jailed for 12 years for his part in 10 million operation

Great Horton drug smuggler jailed for 12 years for his part in 10 million operation
Great Horton drug smuggler jailed for 12 years for his part in 10 million operation

Great Horton drug smuggler jailed for 12 years for his part in 10 million operation

A BRADFORD man who was part of a "meticulously planned operation" to distribute millions of pounds worth of heroin throughout the UK has been jailed for 12 years.
Shah Faisal, 27, of Hillam Street, Great Horton, was a member of an organised crime group that used M6 services for the delivery and collection of the drugs.
Nine members of the gang, including Faisal, were sentenced at Manchester Crown Court today to a total of 118 years and eight months.
The court was told that the heroin had a potential street value of £10 million.
After the case, Joanne Ralfs, senior investigating officer from the National Crime Agency (NCA), said: "This was a meticulously planned operation by organised criminals to distribute millions of pounds worth of heroin throughout the UK.
"The nine men sentenced today were well aware that they were engaged in serious criminality, yet such was their confidence they conducted their handovers in broad daylight, in a public motorway service station, apparently with no concern for who saw them.
"I have no doubt that through our multi-agency approach we have disrupted drug trafficking networks both here in the UK and abroad. The NCA is patient and thorough and we will use all the tools available to target and disrupt organised criminals."
Faisal pleaded guilty to the importation of class A drugs.
The court was told that Dutchman Erwin Hendriks, 45, was running the operation on the ground. He was arrested on June 26 last year after officers from the NCA and the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (TITAN) observed the coordinated delivery and collection of large quantities of heroin from a lorry at a motorway service station on the M6.
Hendriks received texts from a Dutch mobile phone confirming what type of vehicle each customer would arrive in and the number of colour-coded packages of heroin they were due to collect.
Once the customers had arrived, Hendriks instructed his trusted lieutenants, Tomasz Dylewski, 34, and Jerzy Banucha, 47, both Polish nationals, to escort them round to the lorry park to pick up the drugs, the court heard.



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