Today, 9th October, Liam Windas and four members of his criminal gang were jailed for a total of 52-and-a-half years for drugs and firearms offences.
From addresses across west Hull, the group dealt in guns, heroin and cannabis worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Windas, 27, of Rosedale Grove, Hull, admitted conspiracy to supply firearms, conspiracy to supply heroin, money laundering and possession with intent to supply cannabis.
He was also found guilty of conspiracy to supply cannabis and conspiracy to supply heroin.
Jailed for 24 years
Zia Malik, 29, formerly of HMP Hull, was convicted of conspiracy to supply firearms and possession of a mobile phone whilst in prison.
Jailed for 11 years
Asphand Malik, 21, of Park Grove, Hull, was convicted of conspiracy to supply firearms
Jailed for six years
Billy Joe Wilkinson, 22, of Redbourne Street, Hull, admitted conspiracy to supply Class A drugs
Jailed for five-and-a-half years
Spencer Moodie, 33, of Queens Road, Hull, admitted conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
Jailed for six years
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Kelk said: “This has been a complex investigation, over a long period of time, which dealt with very serious offences.
“We know the impact that the actions of this group had on the wider community and by securing these sentences, we hope that we will make a huge difference to their lives.
“The diligence and determination of the officers in our Serious and Organised Crime Unit has prevented firearms getting into the hands of criminals and stopped Class A drugs from getting onto our city’s streets.
“We hope the outcome of this case will reassure the public that even when they cannot see us, we are there behind the scenes, working tirelessly to bring serious criminals to justice.
“It should also serve as a warning to those who look to bring drugs and weapons into this area that we will find you and you won’t get away with it.”
Judge Jeremy Richardson said: “All the officers deserve the thanks and praise of all the citizens of the city of Hull and its environs. A major criminal operation was thwarted by, frankly, first-class policing.
“I want those observations called to the attention of the chief constable.”
Find out more about how our Serious and Organised Crime unit snared the gang.