Mohammed Yassar Yaqub, 28, died on Monday evening when he was shot during a “pre-planned operation” at junction 24 of the M62 near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
But now the father-of-two Yasser has been accused of being a renowned drug lord and a major player in the heroin and cocaine underworld.
Chris Bean, 26, said the people of Huddersfield, West Yorks, would be scared to speak out because of the notoriety of Yassar and his associates.
He said it was known in the town that Yassar would buy luxury cars with his drug money after raking in profits by using drones to send Class A drugs into HMP Armley in Leeds.
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“I’ve seen people saying he’s a nice guy – that’s a load of bull”
Chris – who was forced to flee the Huddersfield area – also claimed Yassar fired a gun at him in the street.
He said: “Yassar is horrible. I’ve been through hell and back with him.
“I’ve seen people saying he’s a nice guy – that’s a load of bull.
“He was a heroin and crack dealer and was constantly ripping off Cannabis grows and was just a major playing in Huddersfield for drugs.
“He managed to afford his Lambo by laundering money – he was such a flashy g*t.
“Yassar used to buy high powered sports cars and sell them on for profit – all funded by drug money.
“He had it all locked down and would fly drugs into HMP Leeds at Armley with drones and make 10 times what he was making on the outside.
“If you throw a pebble in the town of Huddersfield you are not two yards away from Yassar.”
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Yassar used the name “Stud Badboy” online and had a profile on the dating website Plenty of Fish, which stated he was single and looking for a relationship with a woman.
It listed his profession as “motor trader” and his personality as “adventurer”, and he described himself as a “very ambitious” non-smoker with an athletic body type.
In the wake of the incident on Monday, cops were reportedly pelted with rocks as campaigners warned the incident had caused “a great deal of disquiet”.
On Tuesday evening police were deployed in central Bradford after protesters carrying banners that read “police don’t murder” brought traffic to a standstill.
A post-mortem on Mr Yaqub’s body is due to take place today and its investigators are continuing to seek any relevant CCTV footage.
The watchdog’s commissioner, Derrick Campbell, said: “My thoughts are with Mr Yaqub’s family and all those affected at this difficult time.
“Though in its early stages, this investigation is making good progress but will be complex.
“We will be working hard to establish exactly what happened and would ask for patience while our investigation continues.”
Chris confirmed guns were a major part of Yassar’s lifestyle and also said Yassar was lucky not to be killed in June 2015 following a shootout which injured him near his home.
Speaking about Yassar’s notoriety in Huddersfield, he said: “Everyone knows stuff about Yassar but are just too damn scared to say anything bad because they still live there.
“I’ve moved out of the town now you see. I had to leave Huddersfield in a hurry because my brother ripped Yasser off with a few ounces of weed and he wanted to kill him.
“They said they would kill my mother – so I got out as soon as possible.
“They saw me and shot off three rounds which missed during a drive-by shoot out.”
Mr Yaqub was from Crosland Moor, Huddersfield, where his father is a well-known businessman.
In a statement, Mr Yaqub’s Bradford-based lawyers said: “Mr Yaqub’s family are in shock, and are distraught. They would ask the media to respect their privacy at this difficult time.
“The family are fully aware that the incident that led to the death of Mr Yaqub is currently being investigated by the IPCC and they do not wish to make any further comment at this stage.”
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