Four men have been jailed for a total of 20 years for their part in a conspiracy to supply cocaine into Stoke-on-Trent from Birmingham.
Mohammed Khushal, Farooq Amed and Mahmood Hussain were jailed on Tuesday, April 9, at Birmingham Crown Court .
It came following a successful operation by Staffordshire Police and West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit (WMROCU).
Khushal, aged 40, of Trentham Road, Dresden, Stoke-on-Trent was sentenced to seven years and four months for conspiracy to supply cocaine after pleading guilty on the first day of the trial.
Farooq Ahmed, aged 41, of Foxton Road, Alum Rock, Birmingham, was sentenced to five years and two months for conspiracy to supply cocaine after pleading guilty on the second day of the trial.
Mahmood Hussain, aged 47, of Leveson Street, Dresden, Stoke-on-Trent, was found guilty and sentenced to five years for conspiracy to supply cocaine, with one month concurrent for possession of cannabis.
A fourth man, Mazafar Hussain, aged 36, of Althorp Grove, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, was sentenced to three years in July 2017 for possession with intent to supply cocaine.
The court heard that Ahmed would make regular Friday evening trips from Birmingham to Stoke-on-Trent in his black Toyota Yaris.
The car was seen in the Fenton area of Stoke-on-Trent on three consecutive Fridays in September 2016.
On October 7 2016 Mazafar Hussain was arrested in an alleyway between Buccleuch Road and Argyll Road, in Lightwood, Stoke-on-Trent.
He was searched and a white paper towel held between his buttocks was found to cocaine 14g of cocaine.
A search of an empty house in Argyll Road uncovered scales, nappy bags, rubber gloves and two pink bags hidden behind a toilet.
These were found to contain 66.2g of cocaine.
Minutes later Mahmood Hussain was arrested and officers searched his property in Leveson Road, Dresden, and found 12.6g of cannabis, scales with traces of cocaine, benzocaine and creatine and two containers holding a total of 56g of cocaine.
Phones and £500 in cash were also seized. At around the same time officers stopped Ahmed as he walked from a property in Fenpark Road, Fenton, and admitted he had drugs in his jacket.
A search of the house revealed 12.1g of cocaine in a kitchen cupboard, spoons with traces of white powder, and starch and creatine used as adulterants (to dilute cocaine).
Ahmed’s address in Birmingham was searched and £4,210 in cash seized. Khushal was arrested on 3 November 2016 and detectives were able to map and time meetings, telephone calls and travel between Birmingham and Stoke to ascertain that Khushal was the head of the conspiracy.
Khushal would then make contact with Ahmed who received requests for drugs from Mazafar and Mahmood Hussain.
Detective Inspector Pete Cooke, of Staffordshire Police, said: “Quantities of cocaine were found at a number of addresses and there is no doubt this was a significant supply line from Birmingham into north Staffordshire.
“It has taken several years of persistence and hard work to bring these men before the courts and we’re glad they’re now behind bars.”