Six jailed over heroin and crack cocaine supply

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SIX people have been jailed for a total of 30 years for supplying heroin and crack cocaine in the Bury area.

Tayub Hasnain (24/07/84) of Heywood Street, Bury, Kasim Ahmed (25/05/95) of Wolstenholme Avenue, Bury, Andrew Barlow (16/08/75) of Moss Row, Bury, Liam Stewart (24/05/92) of Salix Court, Salford, Nicholas Lamb (15/11/68) of Parkside Walk, Bury, and Victoria Holland (10/02/84) of Seddon Ave, Bury pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs at an earlier hearing.

Hasnain was sentenced to nine years four months, Ahmed seven years, Barlow four years, Stewart four years, Lamb received two years eight months and Holland three years.

They were all jailed today, Friday 27 March 2015, at Bolton Crown Court.

In January 2014, Operation Nicobar - part of Programme Challenger - Greater Manchester’s biggest ever approach to tackling drug dealing and organised crime, was launched to crack down on the supply of class A drugs in the Bury.

On Friday 11th July 2014 police executed a warrant at the homes of Holland Stewart, Lamb and Barlow and the six were arrested by police.

Divisional Superintendent for Bury, Karan Lee, said:

“This sends out a message to the organised crime groups in Bury that we will never give up on our fight against them. Drugs cause widespread destruction to users and have a wider impact on the community.

“They were responsible for supplying thousands of pounds worth of drugs on the streets of Bury but thanks to this operation, we have put a stop to that. I would ask anyone who may have information as to where drugs are being dealt or produced to contact police as soon as possible.

“I hope this results show how committed we are in our fight against drugs Bury.”

Programme Challenger is a Government-supported, partnership-focused response to organised crime across Greater Manchester. It targets the criminal networks across the region and uses a multitude of powers to detect and destroy organised crime activity.

If you have information on anyone who may be committing crime in your area, please call police on 101 or for more information visit gmp.police.uk.

People with any concerns can contact Bury Neighbourhood Policing Team directly about any issues related to crime or anti-social behaviour on 0161 856 8257.