A pair of crooked brothers who ran a huge £300k drugs hotline have been caged.
Sharaz and Ikhlas Hussain, from Aston, made around £1,500 a day peddling heroin in a “county lines” drug-running operation to Hereford.
The drug dealers used more than 50 phones to receive text messages from around 200 customers.
It was believed they pushed over 3.5kg of heroin and crack cocaine onto the city’s streets before they were arrested.
CCTV capturing Sharaz taking orders on his dial-a-drug mobiles – and even co-ordinating a delivery while shopping in Mothercare at The Fort, Erdington – helped to rumble the brothers.
His brother, Ikhlas Hussain oversaw the flow of drugs to Hereford where Serges Zubkovs, from the city, managed the street-level supply.
Gareth Davies, also from Hereford, was also identified as a drug runner.
When police arrested 30-year-old Sharaz last June, he was discovered lying next to almost half-a-kilo of heroin.
He was detained at an address in Milsom Grove, Shard End, after officers also discovered the primary drugs phone beside him.
His brother, aged 25, and Davies, 38, were arrested from their home addresses later the same day.
Zubkovs, 30, was arrested from HMP Hewell, near Redditch, where he was serving time for unrelated offences.
All four gang members admitted conspiring to supply Class A drugs and at Worcester Crown Court on Wednesday, April 17.
Sharaz and Ikhlas Hussain were jailed for eight years, four months and seven years, eight months respectively.
Zubkovs was handed a four-year, eight-month prison sentence, while Davies was sentenced to a three-year, four-month term behind bars.
The gang is among ten drugs chains identified and arrested during a West Midlands and West Mercia Police campaign cracking down on County Lines.
To date, 26 offenders have been jailed for a combined total of almost 130 years.
Det Insp Julie Woods, of West Midlands Police, said: “The scale and organisation of the Hussains’ operation was the most significant ever identified within Hereford: it’s estimated they were making around £1,500 a day.
“Sharaz took orders on the drugs hotlines from what he believed was a safe distance in Birmingham, making most of the money while foot soldiers took on the biggest risk fulfilling drugs orders on the streets on his behalf.
“However, unbeknown to him, we had both brothers under surveillance and gathered compelling evidence against the pair, enough for them both to plead guilty at court.
“Their drug dealing would have caused untold misery on the streets of Hereford and fuelled crime in the city, while they revelled in their drugs money.
“They’ve rightly been handed lengthy jail terms – and anyone else involved in County Lines dealing can expect a similar fate.”
West Midlands Police will now pursue the Hussains’ ill-gotten gains through a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) application through the courts.
Any cash or assets suspected of coming from drug dealing can be seized with the money being ploughed back into crime prevention and community projects.