Key player in £300,000 Black Country drugs ring jailed for six years

Hamza Shahzad has been imprisoned for six years

Hamza Shahzad was arrested by officers on Hill Street, Brierley Hill, in March this year, and drugs and cash were found inside the car he was traveling in.

After a search of Shahzad’s home on Woodland Drive, Smethwick, police seized other drugs, including crack cocaine and heroin.

Further inquiries linked him to Dudley and Stourbridge’s drug supply from Smethwick.

They identified Shahzad as a key player in the ‘Charlie line’ and evidence showed he was involved in drug trafficking between May 2021 and March 2022.

Police believe street deals worth more than £300,000 were made during this time.

On Wednesday July 27, the 21-year-old pleaded guilty to being involved in the supply of Class A drugs at Wolverhampton Crown Court. He was imprisoned for six years.

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: “This is the latest success story against county drug dealers.

“Capturing drug traffickers in counties is a priority for us because it often involves the exploitation of children and vulnerable people.

“It’s linked to serious violence between drug gangs and crimes committed by users to fuel their addictions.

“Anyone who thinks getting involved in drug supply is an easy way to make big bucks needs to think again.

“We have a specialist task force in County Lines to target these dealers and there is a good chance they will end up behind bars.

“Help us. Tell the Crimestoppers charity who is responsible for drug trafficking in your area. They will not ask your name or trace your call.

“You may also be eligible for a reward. Call them now on 0800 555 111.”

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