Yorkshire organised crime gang leader thrown behind bars

Mob boss Mohammed Laher, 32
Mob boss Mohammed Laher, 32 -Credit:WYP

A Bradford organised crime gang leader has been jailed for his role in the supply of cocaine and ketamine with an estimated street value of £460,000.

Mohammed Laher, 32, was jailed at Bradford Crown Court yesterday (May 15) after admitting his role in a plot involving the wholesale supply of the drugs which were destined for the streets of West Yorkshire and neighbouring counties. Laher, of Leeds Old Road, was jailed for seven years and four months for conspiracy to supply cocaine, and five years and four months to run concurrently for conspiracy to supply ketamine, a Class B drug.

He is the fourth person to be sentenced in connection with the investigation by West Yorkshire Police’s Programme Precision team, which targets serious organised crime. Other members of the gang included Myles Shepherd, 29, of Pynate Road, Batley, described as a trusted courier, who was jailed for three years and six months in September last year after police found a kilo of cocaine in a car he was driving in Colne, Lancashire, on March 15 last year.

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Mohammed Ismail, 29, of Gloucester Avenue, Bradford, was jailed for five years in September last year after police found a kilo of cocaine and 15 kilos of ketamine in a vehicle he was driving in Musgrave Road and premises under his control in Fagley Mini Market, Moorside Road, on March 27, last year.

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Customer Andrew Bullough, 57, of HM Prison Durham, received a total sentence of six years, for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and possession of criminal property as well as other unconnected offences which took place in Bolton, Greater Manchester.

Block of cocaine found in the car footwell -Credit:WYP

Detective Inspector Chris Rukin, of West Yorkshire Police’s Programme Precision serious organised crime team, said: “Laher was the principal member of this organised crime group. He had a number of criminal associates working on his behalf who carried out significant roles in this enterprise on Laher’s direction.

“I’m pleased that his leading role has been reflected in the sentence handed down by the court today. Programme Precision operates across all of West Yorkshire and has dedicated officers who are committed to tackling the scourge of serious organised crime and the violence and misery it brings with it.”