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Six men detained for Oldham and Burnley heroin package plot

(Clockwise from top left) Abu Baker Khan, Mohammed Hakim, Behzad Ali, Kamran Khan, Sabbiur Rahman and Shahidul Hoque Image copyright GMP
Image caption (Clockwise from top left) Abu Baker Khan, Mohammed Hakim, Behzad Ali, Kamran Khan, Sabbiur Rahman and Shahidul Hoque were all detained for various drugs offences

Six men have been detained for being part of a Greater Manchester smuggling ring responsible for importing heroin worth about £850,000.

Police said the group took delivery of packages of the drug sent from Pakistan totalling 5kg, between April 2013 and April last year.

The boxes were filled with clothes and restaurant menus to conceal the heroin.

All earlier admitted a variety of drug importation, supply and possession offences at Manchester Crown Court.

  • Abu Baker Khan, 27, of Cotton Mill Crescent, Oldham, was jailed for 11 years, eight months
  • Behzad Ali, 28, of Belvedere Road, Burnley, was jailed for eight years
  • Mohammed Hakim, 19, of Links Way, Oldham, was given a nine-year sentence at a young offenders' institution
  • Kamran Khan, 19, of Laxey Close, Oldham, was given a six-year, six-month sentence at a young offenders' institution
  • Sabbiur Rahman, 18, of Hythe Walk, Oldham, was given a three-year sentence at a young offenders' institution
  • Shahidul Hoque, 18, of Garforth Street, Oldham, was given a three-year sentence at a young offenders' institution

Lesley Anne Ball, 23, of Higher House Close, Oldham, was ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work for allowing her house to be used in the supply of Class A drugs.

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Image caption An investigation started after Borders Agency staff spotted drugs hidden in a parcel in April 2013

Det Con Gary Lamont said the gang had packages delivered to an array of addresses in Oldham and Burnley and used various aliases and couriers.

He said: "It was a sophisticated and complex importation case and these sentences are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our officers on the ground."

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