Bedford drugs factory men jailed

24/11/2010

Two men have today (24 November) been jailed at Luton Crown Court for supplying class A drugs, including heroin and cocaine.

Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) case lawyer, Louise Chitty, from the Thames and Chiltern Complex Casework Unit, said:

'Omar Khayam and Mohammed Arfaan have pleaded guilty to being involved in the supply of class A drugs, both heroin and cocaine, and have been sentenced to lengthy terms of imprisonment.

'The CPS will always pursue such cases vigorously, to protect the public from the effects of this type of illegal activity. This seizure of a large quantity of drugs prevented their supply onto the streets of the UK and deprived the conspirators of substantial financial profit.'

Mohammed Arfaan (27) from Chestnut Avenue, Bedford, was arrested in March this year and Omar Khayam (27) from Ford End Road, Bedford was arrested in May, after police discovered a drugs production factory in a flat in Bedford and drugs worth around £2 million.

Both men pleaded guilty on 9 September.  Today in court, Khayam was sentenced to 13 and eight years, to run concurrently. Arfaan received six years and four years, to run concurrently.

Louise Chitty said: 'The Crown Prosecution Service and police are working together to bring the other men suspected of being involved in this conspiracy to justice, wherever they may be currently. We are determined to catch these callous people who prey on the weaknesses of others for financial gain and cause misery through their actions.'

'An investigation into the defendants criminal benefit with a view to confiscating their assets will now take place.'

The drugs were discovered on 3 December 2009 and consisted of 26 kgs of Class A drugs, namely heroin, along with a significant amount of crack cocaine, at a flat in Bishopstone House in Bedford along with the controlled drugs there were over 20 kgs of cutting agent, namely caffeine, Paracetamol, a mixture of both and a hydraulic press.

£2 million is the estimated street value of the drugs.

Extensive enquiries followed and significant evidence was gathered, including CCTV footage of both men going in and out of the flat carrying items, includig the press; forensic evidence and witness statements.