Nelson canal towpath drug dealers jailed

Mohammed Adnan
Image caption Adnan and his co-defendants were the subject of a three-month covert operation by police

Three drug dealers who dealt heroin on a canal towpath in Lancashire and stashed drugs in nearby foliage have been jailed.

Mohammed Adnan, 22, Nadeem Hussain, 22, and Shafquat Hussain, 24, all of Nelson, all admitted drugs offences.

Adnan was jailed for four years, Nadeem Hussain for 200 days and Shafquat Hussain for 28 days at Burnley Crown Court.

The trio dealt drugs on the Leeds-Liverpool canal last summer.

Lancashire Police carried out a three-month covert investigation into the men's activities after members of the public raised concerns.

'Near primary school'

Officers raided several homes in Nelson, seizing heroin and cash.

Det Insp Russ Proctor, who led the investigation for Lancashire Police, said: "This was an extremely lucrative and well organised drug-dealing enterprise which was run from the side of a canal.

Image caption Drugs were found stashed in foliage next to the Leeds-Liverpool canal

"The majority of the dealing took place within open view of parents and young children just a few yards away from a local primary school.

"The dealers were operating at the heart of a thriving and respectful community.

"Many people felt they had been deprived of the area due to the regular drug dealing taking place.

"I hope this sentence sends a very clear message to those people who are involved in dealing drugs, that the police know who they are and what they are doing.

"They will be targeted and their activities will not be tolerated."

Adnan, of Victoria Street, pleaded guilty to 23 counts of supplying heroin; Nadeem Hussain, of Bond Street, admitted supplying heroin; and Shafquat Hussain, of Rupert Street, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of heroin.

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