Two drug dealers netted in a major undercover police operation to rid Bradford’s streets of heroin and cocaine have each been locked up for six years.
The crackdown, known as Operation Stalebank, snared street dealers in the West Bowling, Manchester Road and Manningham areas. Officers posing as addicts rang known dealer lines and exchanged cash for wraps of Class A drugs. Another, similar, covert operation centred on the Shipley and Windhill district.
Last month, Bradford’s senior judge locked up 14 men for a total of more than 44 years in the first wave of Operation Stalebank sentencings.
Yesterday Judge Roger Thomas QC again warned the city’s drug dealers: “Sentencing when it comes to the supply of Class A drugs takes people straight to prison.”
Sohail Ahmed, 19, of Naples Street, Girlington, Bradford, admitted seven offences of supplying heroin and crack cocaine in May and June this year and one of possession of £4,000 as criminal property, when he was arrested on July 1. The court heard he was on bail at the time after police found cocaine, ‘skunk’ cannabis and £6,285 in cash at his home in November, 2011.
Ahmed pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a stun gun found under a pile of stones in his garden.
His barrister, Ricky Holland, said he was keeping the wrong company and had been pressured to pay off a debt.
He was looking after the stun gun and £4,000 for others. Ahmed was sent to a young offender institution for six years.
Khorum Parvez, 25, of Bosworth Close, Allerton, Bradford, was jailed for six years for two sets of drugs offences.
He supplied heroin and crack cocaine to undercover officers in April, after first selling drugs in July 2012.
Ian Howard, his barrister, said: “He was a puppet in the hands of others.”
Parvez also admitted possession of “a Taser-type device.” Judge Thomas told him: “You took an enthusiastic and substantial part in the supply of Class A drugs on the street.”
Cannabis dealer, Asif Shezed, 35, of Parkside Road, West Bowling, was jailed for two years. He supplied the Class B drug to an undercover officer on seven separate occasions, some near to St Stephen’s Primary School, on Round Street.His barrister, Stephen Couch, said he was selling the drug to fund his own habit.