Drugs smuggler jailed for four years over international £1m heroin plot

Ajmal Aziz, 30, of Stanley Road, Halifax, was jailed for four years for his part in an international plot to smuggle in nearly �1 million worth of heroin to Halifax
Ajmal Aziz, 30, of Stanley Road, Halifax, was jailed for four years for his part in an international plot to smuggle in nearly �1 million worth of heroin to Halifax

A DRUGS smuggler was jailed for four years today for his part in a plot to import heroin worth close to £1 million into Halifax.

Ajmal Aziz admitted conspiring to supply the class A drug together with four other men, who were locked up for a total of more than 30 years last month.

Their plot was bungled when one of the gang was led to the wrong street by his sat-nav.

The 30-year-old, of Stanley Road, Halifax, let Sajad Aziz drive his BMW and accompanied him and Amjad Hussain to Dunstable, Bedfordshire, on June 9 last year, to oversee the deal.

The three friends were known to police after they were jailed for selling heroin to undercover officers in Bradford in 2007.

So Amjad Hussain, 29, asked his cousin Ibrar Hussain, 33, who had no previous convictions to pick up the drugs from German lorry driver Kurt Nather in Foster Street while they supervised from a distance.

But the hapless recruit got lost and ended up seven miles away in Foster Road, forcing the others to step in to complete the exchange.

Officers from the Serious Organised Crime Agency, who had been watching their every move, pounced after Nather passed a holdall full of heroin into the men’s car.

Driver Sajad Aziz, 35, rammed police cars and hit several officers before speeding off with the 9kg haul, worth £939,000.

Nather, 54, was arrested and his lorry was searched, where 35,000 Ecstasy tablets with a street value of £105,759 were found. He claimed to have thought they were lentils.

Ibrar Hussain was arrested in Foster Road, still looking for Nather.

Meanwhile, Ajmal Aziz and the others had ditched the BMW and escaped on a train.

A mobile phone thrown from the car as they fled was found to have been in regular contacts with a dealer in the Netherlands, where the drugs came from.

The men stashed the bag of drugs in a bush, and Amjad Hussain returned later to find it. He then dropped it off with his cousin Iram Younis in Birmingham.

She was found with the drugs at a hotel in the city in the early hours of June 11. She claimed not to have known what the holdall contained.

Amjal Aziz, Amjad Hussain and Sajad Aziz were arrested two days later at a Bradford flat.

Glass fragments from the BMW on their clothes and the holdall linked them to the crime.

All the Halifax men admitted their roles in the conspiracy at Leeds Crown Court.

Amjad Hussain, of West Royd Close, was jailed for nine years.

Sajad Aziz, of Craven Terrace, also admitted dangerous driving and was locked up for seven-and-a-half years.

Ibrar Hussain, of Warley Road, was jailed for six years.

Nather was found guilty of two counts of importing Class A drugs and one of conspiracy to supply heroin. He was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Iram Younis, who pleaded guilty to assisting an offender, will be sentenced on Thursday.