A COUNTY lines drug dealer has been jailed for four and a half years for using the rail network to ferry heroin and crack cocaine from Bradford to supply to addicts in Skipton.

Naim Sadik, 38, of Toller Lane, Bradford, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, between mid-August and mid-September, 2019.

He was imprisoned at Bradford Crown Court by the city’s Recorder, Judge Richard Mansell QC, who said he had been part of a county lines drugs supply operation that was bringing heroin and crack cocaine into Bradford for onward supply to Keighley and Skipton.

“You were not at the top of the hierarchy but were working in a managerial or operational role, collecting drugs for supply and managing street runners, including Steven Montgomery in Skipton and Rachael Campbell in Keighley, both hapless class A addicts who were persuaded to run drugs to users in return for drugs to feed their habit, or reduction of a debt for drugs supplied to them, or both,” Judge Mansell said.

“They are the real casualties of the illegal trade in class A drugs, as well as the users and addicts, their families and the victims of the crimes they invariably commit to feed their habit, and you played a significant part in this pernicious trade, having influence on those below you,” he continued.

“At 38 years of age, you have a bad record, including a conviction which aggravates your sentence, namely a four year sentence of imprisonment imposed at this court in 2014 for possession with intent to supply class A drugs.”

Judge Mansell timetabled a Proceeds of Crime Act confiscation hearing to determine Sadik’s financial benefit from drug dealing and to claw back any assets he might have to cover that sum.

During a separate hearing, Judge Mansell sentenced Rachael Campbell and Steven Montgomery to suspended terms of imprisonment.

Campbell, 53, of Whinfield Avenue, Keighley, and Montgomery, 48, of Jubilee Close, Skipton, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin, between August 14, 2019, and September 13, 2019.

The court heard that both defendants worked as street dealers for the drugs supply operation that used the railway network on the Aire Valley line to collect drugs from West Yorkshire and transport them to North Yorkshire to sell on.

Surveillance evidence had shown Naim Sadik driving to Frizinghall Station in Bradford, collecting a male and then driving to a location where he kept a stash of class A drugs, then handing deals to the male drugs runner who would sell them during the day.

Judge Mansell said both Campbell and Montgomery were performing lesser roles in the operation to fund their addictions. There had been a substantial delay before they were sentenced; both had strong personal mitigation and there were prospects of rehabilitation.

Campbell was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with 25 rehabilitation activity days. Montgomery was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with a nine month drug rehabilitation requirement and up to 20 rehabilitation activity days.