£2m heroin bust in Nottingham street
TWO men have been jailed after they were caught exchanging drugs worth more than £2m in a Nottingham street.
Officers from the Serious Organised Crime Agency swooped on the pair's cars in Burford Road, Forest Fields, on October 17 last year after monitoring their phone calls.
Shehryar Liaquat and Tariq Mehmood were found to be transferring a large holdall full of heroin and amphetamine between their vehicles.
Nottingham Crown Court heard that the men arrived separately in their cars and parked close together in the street.
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Liaquat, a taxi driver, of Noel Street, Hyson Green, grabbed the holdall from the rear of his taxi and got into Mehmood's car to deliver 15 packages of drugs.
Officers from the Serious Organised Crime Agency, a national police unit that deals with the most serious crime, watched the exchange and then moved in.
Six unmarked police cars blocked the road as the men were arrested.
In court, both admitted conspiracy to supply 11 packages of heroin, worth £1.4m on the streets, and four packages of amphetamine, worth £575,000.
Judge Tony Mitchell jailed Liaquat, 30, for four years.
Mehmood, 43, of Cotterills Lane, Stechford, Birmingham, received four years and ten months.
The judge told them: "Both of you did this out of greed.
"Both of you were prepared to participate for financial reward in a very high-risk strategy, that of moving drugs from one place to another; part of the necessary chain that enables the poor addict on the street to receive his drug and the drug baron somewhere else to live their lifestyle of a multi-billionaire."
The court heard that the pair had both been in telephone contact with other people who were directing their movements that day.
Barrister Martin Elwick said, in mitigation for Liaquat, that this was a one-off.
"This was an act completely out of character for a few hundred pounds and he will now pay an extremely heavy price for it."
Mehmood said he had met someone in Holland who said he could make quick money if he carried the drugs.
He stood to make £1,000, the court heard.
Gregor Purcell said, in mitigation: "Tariq Mehmood got a call on October 17 and got a text message with a postcode and that phone was directing him to collect the drugs."
He was going to take the drugs to Birmingham, deliver them and receive his payment, Mr Purcell said.
"The price he will pay for a quick buck is huge."