Michael Duck QC and Michelle Heeley of No5 prosecute in Operation Sift drugs conspiracy

Eleven men have been handed prison sentences or periods in youth custody for their role in a large-scale conspiracy selling drugs in Telford in a case in which Michael Duck QC and Michelle Heeley of No5 Chambers were prosecuting.

Birmingham Crown Court heard that heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis were sold by the group to hundreds of customers.

Duck, prosecuting, said that Sandip Paul, 20, led the supply of the Class A drugs and was supported by Nasser Khan, 20, who provided a link to the supply, and Waqar Hussain, 21, who took over from Paul after he was arrested in March last year.

Two undercover officers were at the hub of the police investigation, which used camera surveillance and mobile phone traffic to convict the 11 men.

Judge Simon Drew said: ‘It was an organised commercial operation and highly lucrative for those who were running it for more than a year.’