Two individuals have been sentenced for their involvement in a multi-million pound drug trafficking ring.
Jordan Walker and Neesha Gohil received their sentences today for their roles in a conspiracy to supply cocaine, heroin, and crack cocaine intended for distribution on the streets of Leeds.
The trio is the latest group to be incarcerated as part of an investigation into drug trafficking, resulting in the seizure of nearly 100 kilograms of Class A drugs.
Earlier this year, Walker and Gohil were apprehended when police executed warrants at linked addresses in the Batley and Wakefield areas.
Appearing for sentencing before Leeds Crown Court on December 15th, 31-year-old Walker of Silver Street, Wakefield, was sentenced to 11 years in prison, while 32-year-old Gohil of Branwell Avenue, Batley, received a sentence of five and a half years.
The charges are related to offences committed in Leeds between November 6th, 2022, and March 14th, 2023.
Today’s sentences follow the imprisonment of three other individuals in July and another gang member in March, all part of the same West Yorkshire Police investigation.
Additionally sentenced as part of this operation were 45-year-old Robert Hallas of Throstle Hill, Leeds, and 55-year-old Mark Cross of Kirby Close, Stockton on Tees. They were arrested in February after exchanging kilo amounts of adulterants used in the preparation of Class A drugs.
Sentenced at York Crown Court on November 23rd, Hallas was imprisoned for seven years, and Cross received a sentence of 10 years.
Detective Inspector Dave Watts of West Yorkshire Police’s Programme Precision serious organized crime team, speaking outside the court, stated, “This was a multi-million pound drug trafficking ring with significant influence in the Leeds drug market and connections to a series of firearms discharges in the south Leeds area.”
He continued, “The overall operation has seen the seizure of 46 kilograms of cocaine, 48 kilograms of MDMA, 21 kilograms of cutting agents, and over £160,000 in cash. Evidence of a further 32 kilograms of cocaine having been supplied was also seized.”
Watts expressed satisfaction with the sentences handed out and hoped they would act as a deterrent to those contemplating drug dealing in communities. He added, “Since the interventions carried out as part of Programme Precision, there has been a significant reduction in the violence and firearms offences linked to this and affiliated Organised Crime Gangs.”
“International inquiries are currently ongoing to trace the principal OCG member who is believed to have fled to Dubai.”