A gang of drug dealers have been sentenced to almost 30 years in prison after peddling heroin and crack cocaine on the streets of Harrogate and Knaresborough.
Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, condemned six drug addicts from the Harrogate district who became involved for ‘heaping misery’ onto other addicts.
He said: “The supply of Class A drugs is a vile trade that brings misery to thousands of addicts. Many of you are addicted and now the misery but none the less you heaped that misery onto others.
“You all did it for your own benefit and did it so you could get the drugs you wanted. It was for your benefit at the expense of others.”
From March to October 2012 almost daily drug runs from Bradford to Harrogate and Knaresborough were carried out, and over £150,000 worth of heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine sold on the streets of Harrogate and Knaresborough.
Michael Crowl, 27, of Woodfield View, Harrogate was among nine people was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on June 13. He was sentenced to six years in prison for his role in the operation.
Seven people have been jailed for their involvement, and two others escaped jail time but were handed community orders and a suspended sentence.
Crowl was arrested and searched by police officers on several occasions, but still continued to carry drugs between Bradford and Harrogate.
Defending Mr Charles Blatchford said: “He has had his own difficulties with addiction.”
The court heard that Wajid Ali, 28 of Kimberly Street in Bradford had been the organiser of the operation and was in possession of a telephone number well known the drugs trade.
The phone number used by Ali to take drug orders received over 572 phone calls in a six month period. Although Ali was described as the ‘organiser’ the court heard he was of very low intelligence.
Defending Ali, John King said Ali was a vulnerable person who, because of his mild learning diabilities, was easily manipulated by other people who had not been arrested or charged in connection with this case.
Judge Marson said: “Despite your learning disabilities you are still very street wise and played a significant role in this.”
Ali was sentenced to eight years in prison.
Judge Marson commended North Yorkshire Police and said: “This was clearly a long investigation, it is disappointing it did not bring the main man to court.”
JAILED: Nine men and women connected with the dealing of heroin and crack on the streets of Harrogate.
Wajid Ali, 28 of Kimberly Street, Bradford – Pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs - Eight years in prison.
Hasnain Abbas, 23 of Leeds Road Bradford – Pleaded guilty to being concerned with money laundering - Placed under a 12 month community order and ordered to carry out 180 hours unpaid work.
Katie Laura Bradley, 33 of West View, Knaresborough – Pleaded guilty to two charges of possession with intent to supply heroin and cocaine – 32 months in prison.
Michael Crowl, 27 of Woodfield View, Harrogate - Pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs – Six years in prison.
Janine Cattermull, 28 of Southgate Avenue, Ripon – Pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs - Four years in prison.
Bridie Chapman, 28 Harlow Park Road, Harrogate – Pleaded guilty to one charge of being concerned with the supply of heroin – 21 month prison sentence suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work.
Katrina Gill, 31 of Spa Lane, Starbeck – Pleaded guilty to four charges of supplying heroin and crack cocaine - Four years in prison.
Anthony Ross, 24 Westminster Place, Bradford – Pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs - 16 months in prison.
Gemma Louise Chambers, 31 of Robert Street, Harrogate – Pleaded guilty to two charges of possession with intent to supply - 32 months in prison.