A Stoke-on-Trent man who organised the movement of cocaine from London to Birmingham while in prison has been jailed for nine years.
Gazanfar Hussain, 37, was serving time for money laundering and had completed sentences for drugs offences, when he organised the movement of 1kg of cocaine from London to Birmingham using an illegally obtained mobile phone.
Hussain, who was jailed for 9 years 10 months in total, organised the movement through contacts in the West Midlands.
Five men have been jailed for a total of 25 years for their part in the conspiracy to supply cocaine across the Midlands and South East of England.
Hussain’s right hand man was Ruhel Ahmed. Ahmed recruited Saqib Nawaz who in turn recruited Majid Hussain to collect the cocaine from Ijaz Mirza at the London end of the operation.
Officers stopped a blue VW Jetta on the M6 near Coleshill, Warwickshire on 5 April 2017 and, following a search of the boot, seized a block wrapped in plastic in a black sports bag.
Later tests proved this to be a 1kg vacuum-wrapped block of cocaine, with a street value of up to £100,000.
The regional investigation into the group, led by West Midlands Regional and Organised Crime Unit, focused on West Midlands and South East organised crime groups (OCGs).
While serving time in prison Hussain was able to illegally obtain a mobile phone communicate and orchestrate drug movements throughout the Midlands and South East through trusted networks, with the help of another prisoner.
The operation involved gathering video and camera footage, DNA and drug analysis and mapping telephone activity.
The five men were jailed on 7 February at Birmingham Crown Court for conspiracy to supply cocaine. All pleaded guilty at earlier hearings.
Gazanfar Hussain, of Lightwood Road, Longton, was sentenced to 9 years 10 months
Ruhel Ahmed, of Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield, was sentenced to 4 years 9 months
Ijaz Mirza, of Begonia Close, Beckton, East London, was sentenced to 4 years 9 months
Saqib Nawaz, of Newland Road, Small Heath, Birmingham, was sentenced to 3 years 3 months
Majid Hussain, Laybourne Grove, Yardley, Birmingham, was sentenced to 3 years
Inspector Pete Cooke, of West Midlands Regional and Organised Crime Unit, said: “This has been a complex investigation into organised crime groups spanning the Midlands and South East.
“They were aware of police surveillance techniques so it is testament to the hard work and professionalism of officers that these men are now behind bars.
“All of them played a significant role in fuelling drug crime in the Midlands and elsewhere across the country and their sentences are very much welcomed.”