Gang who flooded Nottingham streets with hard drugs for two years jailed

Mug shots of the gang
The gang were sentenced to a combined 82 years in prison -Credit:Nottinghamshire Police

A gang who flooded the streets of Nottingham with hard drugs for more than two years has been jailed. The group used four distinct mobile phone lines known as ‘The SID drug line’ and ‘The Supa drug line’, to advertise, take orders of and sell Class A and B drugs.

Hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of cocaine, cannabis, MDMA, ecstasy tablets, ketamine and prescription medication were sold by the group between July 2019 and December 2021. Their leader, Aquil Choudry, as well as Raja Ahmed and Raja Khan, controlled the drug lines at different points during this period.

Multiple kilos of the cannabis sold by the group was purchased on their behalf by drug supplier Majid Hussain, who imported directly from California and was one of ten people implicated in the conspiracy by police. Nottinghamshire Police's first breakthrough was in October 2020, when drugs were seized from a car being driven by Amir Adili in the city centre.

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A car containing Ahmed was then stopped by the police on the M1 between Bradford and Nottingham in January 2021, in which two of the drug line phones were seized for the first time. In June of that year, officers arrested Raja Khan at a hotel in Radford after large quantities of high purity MDMA, cocaine and cash were discovered in his room.

CCTV taken from the hotel in the days before Khan was detained also implicated two more of the group’s dealers – Wajahat Latif and Shujaat Latif – who were later arrested as part of the conspiracy. Choudry was then forced to take control of the drug line phones, later resulting in his arrest when he tried to retrieve drugs from his hire car in a police sting.

The conspiracy unravelled after that, with messages on the seized phones implicating ten defendants in total. Choudry, Ahmed, Raja Khan, Roshaan Khan, and Amir Adil all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs.

Majid Hussain, Wajahat Latif, and Shujaat Latif all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class B drugs but denied the charge of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. Following an eight-week trial, on May 3, the trio were all found guilty of the charge.

All eight defendants appeared before Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on Thursday, May 9, where they were sentenced to a combined 82 years in prison.

  • Aquil Choudry, 31, of Holborn Avenue, Sneinton, was sentenced to ten years and ten months in prison

  • Raja Ahmed, 31, of Colwick Road, Sneinton, was jailed for ten years and ten months

  • Raja Khan, 29, of Dale View Road, Bakersfield, was sentenced to nine years and eight months

  • Majid Hussain, 42, of Rifle Street, Radford, was jailed for 14 years

  • Amir Adil, 30, of Sedgley Avenue, Sneinton, was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison

  • Roshaan Khan, 25, of Dale View Road, Bakersfield, received a ten year prison sentence

  • Wajahat Latif, 27, of Hillcrest View, Carlton, was jailed for 12 years and six months

  • Shujaat Latif, 25, of Hillcrest View, Carlton, received a prison sentence of nine years and six months

Two more members of the group – Kelly Smith, 42, and Aaron Askham, 26 – also both previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class B drugs, with Smith additionally admitting to a charge of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. Smith, of Booth Street, Derby, and Askham, of Sprydon Walk, Clifton, will both be sentenced at a later date.