FOUR Bradford men have been jailed for a total of more than 15 years for their roles in a conspiracy to supply class A drugs to users on the city's streets.

Aqib Javed, 24, of Cecil Avenue, Great Horton, was jailed for four years and six months.

Khalid Hussain, 23, of Grisedale Close, Great Horton, was sentenced to four years and three months imprisonment, with a consecutive six months sentence after admitting dangerous driving.

Aqeel Zaman, 27, of Kirkham Road, Lidget Green, was imprisoned for four years.

Usman Chaudrey, 28, of Pickles Lane, Great Horton, was jailed for two years and eight months, with a further two months imprisonment for dangerous driving.

All four pleaded guilty to the drugs conspiracy.

Sentencing them at Bradford Crown Court, Judge David Hatton QC said: "Each of you has pleaded guilty to playing a part in a conspiracy whereby class A drugs were supplied to order by customers dialling a mobile phone number, which was placed from time to time in your mobile phones. The customer would be phoned back and his or her requirements speedily provided."

Judge Hatton said the supply of drugs went on for a period of weeks in the summer of 2015. He said each defendant played their part as and when required with the full knowledge of what was going on.

The judge said: "Those who distribute these substances on the streets of this, and any other city, can expect to receive a sentence of imprisonment.

"Usman Chaudrey's mother, in her letter on his behalf, accurately described those who engage in this sort of business as having no care for destroying people's lives, and it is the destruction of people's lives that is by and large the outcome, as some of you discovered by your own addictions."

Judge Hatton said he took into account that the defendants had been arrested nearly two years ago and they had all moved on since to some extent.

But he added: "I would be failing in my duty if I did not impose significant sentences of imprisonment, which the public properly and reasonably expects."


He told Hussain he had carried out "an appalling piece of driving," during which he drove on the wrong carriageway, overtook on pedestrian crossings, narrowly avoided a pedestrian and caused damage to other vehicles.

The judge told Chaudrey he was in a different position to the others because he had no previous convictions of any kind and the duration of his involvement in the conspiracy was the least of the defendants.

After the case, Detective Inspector Ian Bryar said: “This criminal group caused misery to the public of Bradford by selling controlled drugs to vulnerable individuals.

"We welcome the conviction and sentencing issued by Bradford Courts and we are committed to tackling criminal gangs who distribute drugs throughout our city.”