Three drug dealers who sold crack cocaine and heroin in Rochdale have been jailed. Mohammed Yaqoob, 47, Abdul Jabar Khan, 23, and Albert Parker, 50, ran a simple ordering system using mobile phone numbers handed out to drug users.
Addicts would call or text the number to place an order and a meeting would be arranged.
On Friday the trio were jailed after being found guilty of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
Yaqoob, of Yorkshire Street, Rochdale, was sentenced to 11 years; Parker, also of Yorkshire Street, received a seven and a half year sentence; and Khan of Leamington Street, Falinge, was jailed for six years.
Bolton Crown Court heard how the person answering the phone would contact the dealer who then met with the customer at a pre-arranged place.
The person with the phone never came into contact with any drugs or customers, but simply arranged the distribution of them.
Yaqoob, who operated under the name of 'Yak', used this method to deal Class A drugs in Rochdale with Khan and Parker.
Police examined a large amount of telephone data, which uncovered a number of text messages relating to the supply of drugs, many addressed to 'Yak'.
Search warrants were carried out at Yorkshire Street and a large amount of cocaine and heroin was seized.
On June 30, 2008, a house on Taylor Street was searched after officers found out users had bought drugs from there.
It was discovered Parker was in charge of the house and officers found Class A drugs in the house and loft.
On August 5, 2008, officers went to Duke Street where Khan was then living. While officers were at the address, a mobile phone was constantly ringing.
As one officer went to turn off the phone, it was inadvertently answered and put on speakerphone. A woman was then heard to ask for drugs and arrange a meeting place.
Officers searched the house and found small amounts of crack cocaine and heroin.
Detective Constable Claire Rawcliffe of Rochdale CID said: "Drugs have a massive impact on communities especially when users turn to crime to feed their habit.
"Yaqoob, Parker and Khan tried to exploit the demand from drug users in Rochdale and peddled crack cocaine and heroin in the area since 2006.
"We have not only managed to remove large quantities of drugs from the streets but we are also one step closer to trying to eradicate the sale and use of drugs in the area."
December 14, 2010
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