Bradford drugs gang jailed for total of 364 years


The two ringleaders of a Class A drug-dealing operation described as the most extensive in the history of West Yorkshire were today jailed for a combined 25 years, bringing to 364 the cumulative total for all those convicted during an eighteen-month-long investigation and prosecution.

Andrew Dinning, Senior Crown Prosecutor, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said: "The sentences handed down today mark the end of a long-running series of prosecutions following an extensive undercover police operation to target the supply of Class A drugs on the streets of Bradford.

"119 successful prosecutions have taken place, resulting in custodial sentences of 364 years.

"Drugs blight individuals and communities. Much of this activity happened blatantly, in the heart of our communities; near to gyms and football grounds, mosques and schools.

"An extensive drug supply and distribution network has been disrupted. These dangerous criminals are now behind bars and the streets of Bradford are safer as a result.

"Imran Khan and Amer Javed were the ring leaders of this drug supply and distribution operation. Whilst on remand in prison, they hatched a plan with  associates outside prison to plant drugs and a gun in a secret location, and then assist police in its recovery;  thereby hoping to  receive a reduced sentence. The arrogance and cynicism of this plan reveals the depth of contempt these criminals and their associates held for the rule of law.

"The substantial sentences handed down today send out a clear message that this type of criminality will not be tolerated in our communities."