Neighbour alerted police to Endcliffe drugs factory

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Five men are due to be sentenced today after being found guilty of involvement in a £125m drugs production ring discovered in the Endcliffe area of Sheffield.

Police entered a flat in Endcliffe Crescent in September 2010 and found several kilograms of heroin and cocaine worth a street value of around £300,000, along with cutting agents and equipment to support a drugs preparation factory.

Further investigation revealed that around £125m worth of Class A Drugs would have been produced in the previous six months.

DC Andrew Shaw, who led the investigation, said this was a sophisticated operation which they had been able to halt thanks to information from a concerned local resident.

Neighbours alerted police when, a couple of weeks after Mohammed Faizan, 26, moved in to the flat, they began hearing “strange, industrial-type” noises and noticed several Asian men regularly coming and going.

Police raided the property and found Mohammed Zulficar, 33, of Eastwood. Shortly afterwards, Adnan Lal, 27, of Fir Vale, arrived.

Further investigations led police to two other members of the group – Mohammed Ishaq, 39, of Mexborough, and Haidar Ali, 25, of Fir Vale.

On Wednesday a Sheffield Crown Court jury found all five men guilty of conspiracy to produce Class A drugs and conspiracy to supply them.