"community intelligence is vital to our work"
Zaki Rehman, aged 32, of Bradford, has been jailed after being found with a drugs stash worth £37,000.
He was charged by police with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, and has now been convicted.
Rehman’s appearance at court took place on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.
He gave a guilty plea to the drug charges against him. Rehman is now serving a six-year prison sentence.
Bradford Crown Court heard that on September 19, 2019, police in West Yorkshire executed a warrant at a property on Thornton Road in Bradford.
The warrant came as a result of community intelligence.
During the raid, police discovered a large amount of drugs, as well as equipment for the supply of drugs.
The drugs stash has a value of over £37,000.
Police also recovered almost £5,000 in cash from the raid.
After the court’s verdict, Detective Inspector Matt Walker, of the Bradford Programme Precision Team, said the sentence Rehman received at court was welcomed.
DI Walker said: “A significant amount of Class A drugs were taken off the streets of Bradford during this investigation.
“As this case proves, community intelligence is vital to our work to disrupt organised crime and supply of drugs.”
DI Walker also encouraged anyone who has any information on such crimes to speak to the police. This can help to reduce the level of organised crime in the area.
He added: “We are committed to disrupt and dismantle organised crime in the district and we would urge anyone who has any information on criminality to contact the police via 101 or information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Rehman’s offence is not the only Class A drugs crime to occur in Bradford.
The Programme Precision Team, in which West Yorkshire Police work to combat organised crime, also helped to bring down a Bradford drug gang in December 2020.
Now, six members of the gang in question are serving a sentence combining almost 50 years.
Rashid Ashraf, Rizwan Shah, Yaser Nazir, Raja Altaf, Mohammed Haleem and Richard Beech are serving time in connection with a large drug-trafficking operation.
As a result, a Class A drugs stash with a combined street value of up to £3 million is now off the streets.
The investigation also led police to recover four semi-automatic pistols, 200 rounds of ammunition, four silencers and £300,000 in cash.