In just one day of the investigation, police recovered drugs worth over £10,000.
Two British Asian drug dealers face jail for supplying Class A drugs. Identified as 27-year-old Imran Hussian and 31-year-old Akaf Hussain, the two are the last of 20 men to receive jail sentences under a drugs operation.
The investigation, titled as Operation Saucerlake, has witnessed 20 men jailed for a combined total of 70 years.
A judge delivered the verdict at Bradford Crown Court on 6th November 2017. While Imran will spend 4 years and 2 months in jail, Akaf will also serve for 3 years and 4 months.
Prosecutor Abigail Langford explained how the two received charges for their involvement in the ‘Marco’ selling line.
During the trial, the court heard how Imran gave wraps of heroin to undercover police. This occurred on the 8th and 19th September 2016. In addition, police caught Akaf after he completed a drug deal that also involved heroin on 13th September 2016.
Both men have previously faced conviction of supplying drugs.
Their sentencing concludes West Yorkshire Police’s Operation Saucerlake. First launched in January 2016, undercover police identified a list of suspects before moving onto arrests. They discovered the true extent of the quantity of sold drugs.
For example, in just one day of the investigation, police recovered drugs worth over £10,000. They recovered them in over 800 street deals. West Yorkshire Police also took away mobile phones, money and drug paraphernalia for analysis.
With the support of local neighbourhood police, the operation conducted a series of arrests.
A total of 31 male suspects were charged, with their ages ranging from 14 to 45. From these suspects, 20 of these men will now serve sentences in jail.
Inspector Khalid Khan explained how Operation Saucerlake came to fruition. He said:
“It was clear from my discussions with the people of Keighley that there was a lot of concern about the supply of drugs in the town. Following enquiries we were able to identify suspects and then work with other colleagues at West Yorkshire Police to develop an arrest operation.”
He also added after the final sentences:
“We would like to thank the communities of Keighley for their support of Operation Saucerlake, which we believe has impacted on the supply of illegal drugs in the town.
“Illegal drugs will not be tolerated in Keighley and I hope this operation and its results demonstrate that we do take these concerns very seriously.”
The Inspector also added that Operation Saucerlake should serve as a warning to those who may also supply drugs.