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Men jailed over drugs and torture

Jamil Hussain and Mobeen Ahmed
Jamil Hussain and Mobeen Ahmed were drug dealers

Two men described as being "at the top of an evil pyramid" of drug dealers who tortured their runners to make sure they obeyed, have been jailed.

Jamil Hussain, 35, and Mobeen Ahmed, 26, both of Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, admitted wounding and and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Hussain was jailed for 14 years and four months and Ahmed for 13 years and six months.

Police said the men led a crime group in Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

'Horrific violence'

After the sentencing at Shrewsbury Crown Court police said they had been alerted to the gang when a member of the public found a suspicious package in a garden in Burton.

Det Sgt Bev Hunt said: "From that information, we were able to build up a detailed picture of the offenders' involvement in drug dealing throughout the Burton and Swadlincote areas and uncover the horrific level of violence used to enforce their grip on their illegal business."

She added that the pair, both of Belvedere Road, had trafficked a "vast amount" of heroin and crack cocaine and kept control of their street runners by threatening and torturing them.

Two more men, Omar Ahmed, 26, and Tanveer Gulistan, 30, from Liverpool, were each jailed for three years - Ahmed for conspiracy to supply drugs and and Gulistan for supplying drugs.

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