Two Wakefield residents have been handed substantial prison sentences totalling almost 13 years following a law enforcement operation that successfully unearthed a firearm and a substantial quantity of Class A drugs within the district.

In a meticulously executed operation on October 25th last year, officers from the District’s Neighbourhood Impact Team carried out warrants at two locations, resulting in the confiscation of crack cocaine and heroin valued at £18,000, as well as the apprehension of three individuals.

A subsequent search of another property linked to one of the suspects led to the discovery of a black handgun and two nine-millimetre rounds.

Following a comprehensive investigation, charges were laid against 46-year-old Waheed Yaseen and 40-year-old Nelson Ndikumana for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. Yaseen faced an additional charge for the possession of a firearm.

Appearing before Leeds Crown Court on Thursday, January 11th, Yaseen, residing on Wesley Street, was sentenced to a total of 10 years and six months, while Ndikumana, from Norton Street, received a 25-month sentence.

Sergeant Tonge, said; “Firearms and Class A drugs have no place on the streets of West Yorkshire and the Neighbourhood Impact Team will continue to disrupt the activities of those involved in this kind of criminality in the Wakefield district.

“The converted firearm possessed by Yaseen was clearly intended for criminal purposes and I hope our communities will be reassured by this result.”