Drug dealers jailed

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Five men have been jailed for drug offences in North Manchester

Five men have been jailed for drug offences in North Manchester. The men were sentenced at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square, for drug offences.

Chris Manning (06/09/1984) of Duchess Road, Crumpsall was sentenced to three years in prison for possession of class B drugs (Cannabis) with intent to supply and for breaching his suspended sentence conditions.

Imran Sabhane (09/05/1985) of Windsor road, Oldham was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison for possession of class B drugs (Cannabis) with intent to supply.

Rafaquet Sadiq (23/11/1983) of Galsworthy Avenue, Cheetham Hill was sentenced to three years and four months for possession of class B drugs (Cannabis) with intent to supply and conspiracy to supply class A drugs (Cocaine).

Mohammed Bhutta (05/03/1986) of Handforth Grove, Levenshulme was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison for possession of class B drugs (Cannabis) with intent to supply.

Ahmed Hadi (30/07/1984) of Duchess Road was sentenced to three years for possession of class B drugs (Cannabis) with intent to supply.

From the summer of 2012, police in North Manchester received a number of complaints of on-street drug dealing. Reports came in that drugs were being sold in broad daylight.

Acting on information from the public, officers then launched Operation Cairo, which involved enquiries including detailed intelligence gathering.

On Wednesday 5 June 2013, police executed a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act at a house on Woodlands Road in Cheetham Hill.

Officers searched the house and discovered 32 kilograms of cannabis, with an estimated street value of over £310,000, and evidence that cannabis was being prepared and packaged into smaller amounts.

Detective Inspector Andrew Naismith from Operation Cairo at Greater Manchester Police said: “I hope these jail sentences show the community that we are continuing out fight against drug dealers in an effort to make the lives of decent people living in these areas more bearable.

“Drugs can bring misery to lots of people’s lives. Not only those who take drugs, but their loved ones and the community they live in.

“It remains a priority for us to rid drug dealers from our streets so would urge the public to continue to call police or Crimestoppers anonymously if they are aware of where drugs are being dealt. We will always act on the intelligence and information we are given.”

Those seeking help for drugs abuse can speak to the drugs treatment service on 0161 253 6488.

Anyone with information about those involved in drug-related activity in their area should call police on 101, or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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