A gang of five have been locked up behind bars for a nearly 30 years for running a drug empire worth £1.8 million.

Bolton Crown Court heard Muhammad Zubair and Gary Knox ran a drugs empire, supplying class A drugs worth thousand of pounds in Greater Manchester.

A long investigation by the police finally led to their arrests of the gang after blocks of class A drugs were seized worth £1.8 million.

Gary Knox drove an expensive white Range over Evoque and was seen driving the vehicle on many occasions, dropping off bags full of drugs to Nadeem Ashiq, 39 and Nelson Neish, 25, for them to sell to people.

Range rover Evoque owned by Gary Knox

Mohammad Zubair was the man making the big deals for Gary Knox to sell large amounts of heroin to other drug dealers. He was the one who would set the meetings up.

Gemma Grundy kept large amounts of class A drugs at her home for Gary to help keep his activities hidden from the police.

All members of the drugs gang were sentenced on 19.01.2018 at Bolton Crown Court by Judge Elliot Knopf.

Gary Knox of Bolton was sentenced to 11 years and three months behind bars after pleading guilty to Conspiracy to supply Class A drugs at Bolton Crown Court.

Mohammed Zubair of Bolton was sentenced to nine years behind bars after the court found him guilty of Conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Nelson Neish of Crumpsall was sentenced to serve three years and five months behind bars after he pleading guilty to Conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Nadeen Ashiq of Rochdale was sentenced to five years and seven months behind bars after he pleading guilty to Conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Gemma Grundy of Bolton was handed a two year suspended sentence after she pleading guilty to Possession of Class A controlled drugs with intent to supply.

CPS Guy Mathieson said, 4.5kg of heroin was found by the police and the street value was £1.8 million.

Judge Elliot Knopf said: “When those involved in such acts are apprehended, as they have been by the diligent efforts of the police officers concerned, then they need to know that there will be a heavy price to pay.”

Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick from GMP’s Serious and Organised Crime Group said: “We are very pleased with today’s results. These jail terms come after a lengthy police investigation and mean we have successfully removed drugs, and some of the people who deal them, from our streets.

“Throughout the investigation officers confiscated a total of four and a half Kilos of heroin, agents that would be mixed with this drug, smaller quantities of cocaine and over £14,000 in cash from the group.

“These drugs destroy lives, they break up families and they terrorise communities. Those who supply drugs do so purely for their own greed. They have no thought for the people whose lives are affected.

“Knox and other members of this drug dealing ring will now spend years in prison where they can contemplate the lives they have ruined.”