Drug gang leader who ran operations from Nottingham prison jailed

Mubhashir Ali-Haider and Hamza Khan mugshots next to each other
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A county lines drug dealer who ran opertaions from behind the bars of his cell in HMP Nottingham has been jailed. Mubashir Ali-Haider was already in prison for drug offences when he set about directing gang members to deliver crack cocaine and heroin for him.

The offences, which took place between October and November 2021, were part of a large operation involving a number of other people. One was Abdul Wadood, who played a leading role on the outside, supplied drugs and organised a runner to collect them and transport them to Derby.

The runner was Tommy Dixon, who controlled two mobile phones used to promote drugs to contacts. Another man, Mustafa Ali, also had control of the phones.

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A fifth man, Faisal Hussain, was involved as his house was being used to sell drugs. He claimed he was not part of the gang, but drugs were found after his house was searched and text messages on his mobile phone said otherwise.

The sixth individual was Ali-Haider's partner Sana Akbar, who helped move money made from drug sales and played an assistant's role, topping up the mobile phones with credit. The final two gang members were Hamza Khan and Bassan Khan.

Hamza was supplying Tommy Dixon with drugs and moving cash around. Bassan would collect cash and use it to purchase drugs and pay off debts for Ali-Haider.

All eight of the people involved were jailed at Derby Crown Court. Mubashir Ali-Haider, 25, of HMP Nottingham, was jailed for nine years and six months.

Abdul Wodood, 27, of no fixed abode, was jailed for five years and eight months. Tommy Dixon, 24, of no fixed abode, was jailed for three years and nine months after being found with a significant quantity of class A drugs, along with a knife on him, when he was arrested on November 23, 2021.

He spent eight months previously in jail for the possession of the knife. Mustafa Ali, 24, of no fixed abode, was jailed for three years and nine months after a warrant at his house found crack cocaine and heroin with his fingerprints on.

Faisal Shazad Hussain, 38, of Osmaston Road, Derby, was jailed for two years and three months after already being jailed for possession of a knife for six months. Sana Akbar, 25, of Shirecliffe Lane, Sheffield, was jailed for three years.

Hamza Khanm, 22, of Northfield, Stenson Fields, Derby, was jailed for two years and ten months. His home was searched on May 16, 2023 where a realistic "but not viable" black firearm, a sword and a pocket knife were found.

Bassan Khan, 24, of South Vierw Road, Sheffield, was jailed for four years and two months. He and Sana Akbar were the only two of the gang to plead not guilty - but were found guilty by a jury.

DC Pete Flanders, who ran the investigation into the gang, said: “This gang, led by Ali-Haider, pushed drugs into Derby that we know have a devastating effect on vulnerable people. They have no concern for those who are affected, syphoning the cash from their criminality to fund their lifestyles.

"Ali-Haider, despite being behind bars, still felt that he was able to carry on sourcing and dealing drugs, but he was wrong. As a force we will use all the powers at our disposal to bring those who seek to do such harm to our communities to justice – whether that be in a Derby street or a prison cell miles away.

“Drug dealing destroys lives, and brings with it other criminal behaviour, and it has no place in our county. If you are aware of drug dealing going on in your area, then please contact us, in confidence, at any time.”

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