Seven Members of a Coventry crime family have been jailed for a total of 40 years after a West Midlands Police probe busted their drugs empire.
Saif Iqbal from Ransom Road, Foleshill helped his cousin Tavaseen Iqbal run the drugs business from behind bars at HMP Fetherstine in Wolverhampton.
Officers found after a year long investigation that the gang supplied cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy.
The 24-year-old – jailed in December 2015 for six years for firearms and drugs offences – used mobile phones smuggled into the prison to direct cousin Saif Iqbal and receive regular updates on deals they’d struck.
The 23 year old Saif was directed to head up the the supply chain to store the drugs in safe houses and distribute them.
The pair have been jailed for 6 years and 8 months
Last year Police started investigations into the nine-strong group following concerns raise by members of the public about the men and addresses they used.
It uncovered links to Haroon Tasharat (33) from Dunbar Avenue; Rohan Patel (22) from Alum Close; and 23-year-old Mahmud Ali from St George’s Road who also played parts in the conspiracy and kept the drugs business rolling around the clock.
An address in Humber Avenue was identified as the main preparation centre where Dahiru Barka (28), along with brothers Elijah (19) and 22-year-old Samuel Enenche-John, lived and allowed their home to be used to weigh and bag-up orders.
Seven of the men were arrested during synchronised raids on 13 July last year.
Coventry Police Sergeant Lesley Meade, said: “This was a well-established drug gang who would have caused untold misery to people across Coventry, profiting from other people’s suffering.
“Over the course of the operation we seized 1.2kg of cocaine and MDMA and nearly a kilo of cannabis, plus £12,000 in cash, but it’s likely they processed far more drugs and money during the running of the business.
“We seized three mobile phones from Tavaseen when his cell in HMP Featherstone was raided.
“We’re thankful to the community members who raised their concerns and sparked our investigation. Such information is vital in our fight against crime; we will always take it seriously and take action where we can.”
The investigation formed part of Operation Blue Steel – a concerted clampdown on organised crime and crime families operating in the city.
#OpBlueSteel sees police, the local authority, housing providers, DVLA, probation, the Dept for Work & Pensions and other organisations working together to disrupt gang members and, where possible, press criminal charges.