Both sides of the M62 lived.
From Greater Manchester, a criminal family matriarch and her sister and companion. On the other, the daughter of a great Yorkshire drug dealer.
The three gangster women joined forces to conduct one of the largest drug operations in the north.
Their story can now be told – following the convictions of 20 people.
Shazia Din, 42, led a criminal group based in Bury. Her sister, Abia Din, 45, was the star.
Together with Shazia’s son, Hassan, 21, they ran an online beauty company, selling styling products on Amazon.
But it was not body lotion, lipstick, perfume and mascara that financed the family’s propensity for Rolex watches, the leasing of luxury cars, jewelry and multiple properties.
Their “Beauty Booth” company – housed in a unit in the industrial area of Chesham – was, say the police, a front for money laundering and drug supply.
Natalie Wrafter, 31, is the daughter of Peter Wrafter, 57, a Doncaster drug dealer.
Shazia had an affair with Peter Wrafter and the Din family supplied him with heroin, cocaine and amphetamines, which were then distributed through South Yorkshire networks.
The drugs were of high purity of imported quality.
But Din’s drug empire began to unravel when the police stopped a car on Cheetham Hill on January 3, 2019.
He was led by Lewis Yates, 31, suspected of being a courier to Shazia, and arrested.
There was £ 10,000 in cash in the vehicle and an encrypted cell phone.
Four days later, while the police closed the supply line, Peter Wrafter was stopped in his Mercedes van in Doncaster.
Inside the van they found a gun, ammunition, cash and two cell phones.
In a second vehicle parked outside his home, the police recovered 28 kg of amphetamines, 1 kg of heroin and an encrypted phone.
After being locked up his daughter, Natalie, took the reins and became the new ring of Shazia Din.
A month after the arrest of Peter Wrafter, Shazia Din and Natalie Wrafter were seen by a surveillance operation that exchanged thousands of pounds of drugs money in the parking lot of Doncaster prison, before visiting Peter Wrafter, who was a prisoner.
Natalie Wrafter and “drug wholesaler” Adam Hopewell controlled a group of drug couriers at the end of the Yorkshire operation and Shazia Din also ran their own couriers.
Police say Shazia’s sister Abia and son Hassan have been heavily involved in drug dealing and family money laundering.
In February last year Hassan Din was seen by the undercover police passing a large duffel bag to David Wright on a street in Bury.
Wright gave Din an envelope before heading to Longley Lane in Wythenshawe.
Later, the bag was then handed over to another courier, Arjan Bedesha.
But Operation Heart officers, run by GMP and South Yorkshire police, intercepted Bedesha’s rental car in Mere, Knutsford, on his way to London.
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The duffle bag was tucked away in the spare wheel compartment of the trunk and inside there was £ 170,000 in cash.
The money movement was intended to increase the degree of “distance” between the Dins and the proceeds from their drug business.
Later the police raided an apartment. on The Rock, in Bury, which was used by the Dins as a refuge. Inside they found £ 66,000 in cash and a money counting machine, 1 kg of cannabis, digital scales and a vacuum packaging machine.
The covert operation therefore led to a number of couriers caught in the act of moving drugs.
The police then carried out two major strikes.
In May last year, a garage was raided on Ashton Old Road, Manchester. Drug accessories were recovered, including 1.5 kg of heroin, scales and a hydraulic press to prepare the drug in large quantities for wholesale.
The mechanics garage was connected to Lee Davis, who had engaged in encrypted phone calls with Shazia Din.
A week later the police caught Davis loading heroin into his van outside an apartment in Salford.
In total 28 pounds of heroin worth just under £ 3 million were recovered from the vehicle and inside the apartment.
In one last strike, police raided Shazia and Hassan Din at their home address in The Drive, Bury and Abia at his home in Woodman Drive, Bury.
Everyone was in possession of cash, encrypted cell phones and luxury items including Rolex watches and a £ 60,000 diamond ring.
They also made use of expensive rental cars, including a Mercedes worth £ 50,000.
Five people have already been sentenced and fifteen others, including the three members of the Din family, and Natalie Wrafter, will be sentenced in July following court hearings in Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire.
Investigative Inspector Lee Griffin, from GMP’s serious and organized crime group, said: “During the operation, we carefully investigated this group as we discovered their illicit activities across the country, allowing us to gather evidence and uncover the conspiracy. .
“It is thanks to the hard work of all the agents in this case of the Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire police that a group of criminals who use sophisticated methods has been stopped from deceiving our streets with huge quantities of drugs.
“We have stopped the supply of drugs and cash payments between the regions not only of Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire, but across the UK.
“Drugs destroy lives, destroy relationships and ruin our communities.
“Those who are responsible for supplying illegal drugs to vulnerable people deserve no place in our society, and our community is a safer place with them behind bars. It was also clear in this case that vulnerable people were being exploited to promote the illegal drug trade.
“I hope this sends a clear message that GMP will work with our colleagues across the UK to incessantly prosecute those people who supply harmful drugs and we will do everything we can to do them justice.”
Doncaster CID investigative inspector Lee Wilson said: “This is a significant achievement for both South Yorkshire and Greater Manchester, as large numbers of people involved in serious organized crime are now behind bars.
“Our partnership work has also seen the seizure of significant quantities of drugs, which cause unspeakable harm within our communities and earnings in money – badly obtained from the criminal lifestyle of this group.
“We remain absolutely firm in our commitment to fight organized crime and drug supply within Doncaster and South Yorkshire to protect our residents.
“We know that organized criminal groups like this can often prey on our most vulnerable members of the community and make people feel intimidated or afraid to tell the police what is going on.
“I am grateful to the officers of our Fortify team for their unremitting efforts and to the GMP officers with whom we have worked alongside, for dismantling this complex and substantial criminal network that ran through two areas of strength.
“Forces across the country will stop at nothing to bring organized criminals to the courts and where those groups cross the boundaries of forces, we will work together and join forces to bring justice to those who seek to cause harm and fear to inside our communities “.
Those awaiting sentence include:
Shazia Din, of The Drive, Bury, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs, namely cocaine and heroin; conspiracy to provide class A drugs, namely MDMA; conspiracy to provide class B drugs, especially cannabis, and conspiracy to convert and transfer criminal property.
Abia Din, of Woodman Drive, Bury, who has pleaded guilty to converting and transferring criminal property. She was sentenced by a conspiracy jury for providing class A drugs, namely cocaine and heroin; conspiracy to provide class A drugs, namely MDMA; and conspiracy to provide class B drugs, especially cannabis.
Hassan Din, of The Drive, Bury, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class B drugs, especially cannabis, and conspiracy to transfer criminal property. He was convicted by a conspiracy jury for supplying class A drugs, namely cocaine and heroin; and conspiracy to provide class A drugs, namely MDMA.
Natalie Wrafter, of Harewood Avenue, Doncaster, who pleaded guilty before the c trial
onspiracy to provide class A drugs, namely cocaine and heroin; conspiracy to provide class B drugs, namely amphetamine; conspiracy to convert and transfer criminal property and conspiracy to supply class A drugs, namely MDMA.
Adam Hopewell, 32, of Whitcomb Drive, Rossington, who pleaded guilty before the conspiracy trial to supply class A drugs, namely cocaine and heroin; conspiracy to provide class B drugs, namely amphetamine; conspiracy to convert and transfer criminal property and conspiracy to supply class A drugs, namely MDMA.
Melvyn Sheldon, 39, of East Avenue, Doncaster, who was convicted by the jury of conspiracy for supplying class A drugs, especially cocaine and heroin.
Lee Davis, 37, of Polefield Hall Road, Prestwich, who pleaded guilty before trial for conspiracy to supply class A drugs, namely cocaine and heroin.
David Wright, 53, of Fletcher Close, Heywood, WHO found guilty of conspiracy to provide class A drugs, namely cocaine and heroin, and conspiracy to convert and transfer criminal property.
James Dickson, 60, of Fojambe Crescent, Doncaster, who was convicted by a conspiracy jury for supplying class A drugs, namely cocaine and heroin.
Philip Pagin, of Bankwood Lane, Doncaster, who was convicted by the conspiracy jury for providing class B drugs, namely amphetamine.
Mark Bird, 33, of Stonegate Mews, Doncaster, who was convicted by a conspiracy jury for supplying class A drugs, namely cocaine and heroin.
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Rachel Turpin, 38, of Boswell Close, New Rossington, who was convicted by a conspiracy jury for supplying class A drugs, namely cocaine and heroin.
Lewis Yates, 31, of Foxlair Road, Wythenshawe, who pleaded guilty before the conspiracy trial to convert and transfer criminal property and cannabis production.
Rocky Smith, 31, of Tranmore Lane, Eggborough, Goole, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide class A drugs, namely cocaine and heroin, during the trial.
Jonathon Ramsbottom, 36, of Fairfield Avenue, Maesteg, South Wales, who was convicted by the conspiracy jury for supplying class A drugs, namely cocaine and heroin.
They will all be sentenced in July of this year.
Meanwhile, Peter Wrafter, of Harewood Avenue, Doncaster, was convicted last year before Sheffield’s Crown Court for possessing a prohibited weapon (pistol); in possession of ammunition without certificate; possessing heroin with the intention of providing, possessing amphetamine with the intention of providing and has been imprisoned for 12 years.
In addition, Alan Forster, 41, of Wheately Hall Road, Doncaster, was sentenced last year for possession of cocaine with the intention of supplying and driving while he was disqualified. He was imprisoned for three years six months.
Lewis Darcy, 21, of Whitcomb Drive, New Rossington, was convicted of cocaine possession with the intention of obtaining supplies and was imprisoned for five years.
Arjan Bedesha of Woodside Grove, County Durham, was convicted of money laundering offenses and was imprisoned for three years and four months.
And in September, Graham Towriss, 27, of Hartford Avenue, Heywood, of own cocaine with the intention of providing; possess heroin with the intention of providing; in possession of a class A controlled drug with the intention of providing; own cannabis with the intention of providing; possess amphetamines with the intention of supporting; drive when unfit for drinking or drugs e dangerous driving. He was imprisoned for six years.