Dealers jailed as drugs empire is crushed
Two dealers who sold more than £1 million of heroin and cocaine have been locked up for almost 20 years after cops swooped to bust the drugs empire.
Ringleader Allah Ditta Khan lived a life of luxury - believed to be fuelled by his illegal business - and received daily text message updates on sales from Abdul Rashid.
Officers observed Khan and Rashid meeting a convicted drug dealer at a Wolverhampton car park in January last year.
The pair drove off but were stopped soon afterwards with Class A drugs found on Khan and a number of phones seized from the vehicle.
Further investigations from the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) led to a warrant being executed at an address of Khan’s in Codsall.
Officers found designer clothes, expensive watches and trainers, a Nissan Skyline GTR with private registration and a diamond encrusted pendant depicting a machine gun.
There was also a bullet proof vest and illegally-held stun guns and pepper spray.
Examination of phone records showed Khan received regular messages from others who were believed to be his ’drug runners’. Officers also found images of him wearing numerous designer items.
A phone belonging to Rashid was discovered to have a daily log from January 2018 detailing how much heroin and crack cocaine had been sold. Expert analysis valued the drugs trade to be at more than £1 million in just over a year.
They both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs across a two year period and were sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday (24 February).
Khan, aged 43, of Dunstall Road, Wolverhampton, was jailed for 11 years and six months which included possession of firearms.
Rashid, aged 33, of Bright Street, Wolverhampton, was locked up for seven years and six months.
Detective Constable Yogi Mistry, from ROCU, said: "Khan was at the very heart of this drugs network which is estimated to have been worth at least £1 million.
"Rashid worked on his behalf and would give daily updates on how much heroin and crack cocaine had been sold.
"Khan was living a luxury lifestyle which we fully believe was fuelled by his criminal ways and we are pursuing this under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA)."