Seven members of a drugs gang have been jailed for a combined total of 52 years and six months.
The men were part of an organised crime group which operated in Luton from February 2014 until January 2015 – during which they sold heroin and cocaine with a street value of more than £5 million.
The criminal business spanned the whole spectrum of drug supply, from street dealing through to commercial dealing.
During the course of the investigation, Bedfordshire Police seized nine kilos of heroin and cocaine with a street value of up to £1 million.
However, an analysis of ledgers that were found at a drugs factory as part of the investigation found that 32 kilos of class A drugs had been sold by the group; a combination of heroin with a retail value of £3.2 million and cocaine with a street value of £1.9 million.
Detective Inspector Paul Baron said: “This was a huge operation which saw the gang sell large quantities of both heroin and cocaine. At the height of the criminality, the group was taking more than 1,200 calls a week on their street dealing phone line.
“Organised crime groups such as this are incredibly dangerous so I’m pleased that thanks to the hard work of our officers, these men have been put behind bars for a very long time.”
Abdul Samad, 29, of Midhurst Gardens, Luton, received two 19 year sentences, which he will serve concurrently, after being found guilty of conspiracy to supply both cocaine and heroin.
The court heard how he was the head of the group and at the centre of the conspiracy, with overall control of the drugs.
Sheikh Islam, 32, of Eaton Valley Road, Luton, was jailed for 10 years after being found guilty of the same charges.
He also had a significant role in the group and was trusted to provide a safe house for the heroin.
Five further men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin.
An eighth man, Kamrul Rahman, 24, of Foxglove Way, Luton, pleaded guilty to the same counts (conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin) and will be sentenced at a later date.
DI Baron added: “This group was running a slick business and making a considerable amount of money by selling highly illegal and dangerous drugs both to individuals and to other organised crime groups.
“We cannot over-exaggerate the damage that drugs have on people’s lives; causing addiction, illness, financial ruin, and even death. That is why tackling groups such as this one is a key priority for Bedfordshire Police as part of our aim to fight crime and keep people safe.”
Jailed on Thursday and Friday were:
- Abdul Samad, 29, of Midhurst Gardens, Luton, was sentenced to 19 years.
- Sheikh Islam, 32, of Eaton Valley Road, Luton, was sentenced to 10 years.
- Mohammed Hussain, 30, of Oak Road, Luton, was sentenced to five years and six months.
- Mahibor Ali, 31, of Highbury Road, Luton, was sentenced to four and a half years.
- Mohammed Yasin, 29, of Holyrood Crescent, St Albans, Hertfordshire, was sentenced to six years.
- Sumon Miah, 29, of Cromwell Road, Luton, was sentenced to four and a half years.
- Sajjad Rafiq, 27, of Beech Road, Luton, was sentenced to three years.