A MAN has been jailed for more than two years for his part in a drugs conspiracy. 

Paul Benedette, of Townfield in Wilsden, appeared at Bradford Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday) where he was jailed for two years and three months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis.

He was the final defendant to be sentenced, after three other men were jailed last week. 

The operation began in 2016, when police stopped a vehicle in Burnham Avenue, Bradford, and found evidence it was being used to transport cannabis. 

This led to raids on four properties - three on Low Newall Field, close to Staithgate Roundabout, including one where Benedette was living - and one on Cleckheaton Road in Oakenshaw

Substantial cannabis farms were found in the first three houses. A total of 8.8kg of cropped cannabis and 124 plants with a potential yield of 10.54kg were seized, with a total estimated value of £169,000.

Cannabis plants were found in two attic rooms of the property in which Benedette was living.

More than £20,000 worth of cocaine was also found in one of the other Low Newall Field properties and more than £8,000 worth at Cleckheaton Road.

The operation saw nearly £3,000 in cash seized, plus a £10k ‘Twister', a piece of kit commonly used in cannabis production - the first time such a machine had been seized in the Bradford area.

Scott Newlove, 35, of Knowles Lane, Holme Wood, was handed a total jail sentence of 12 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis, conspiracy to supply cocaine and the production of cocaine while on bail.

Tidswell, 42, of Jane Street, Denholme, was jailed for seven-and-a-half years after guilty to the two conspiracy charges.

Paul Naven, 45, of Howden Close, Tong also pleaded guilty to both charges and was jailed for three years and nine months.

Two other people were also sentenced for their roles in the conspiracy.

Faye Webb, 27, of Delph Grove, Clayton, pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to produce cannabis. She was handed a 22-month sentence, suspended for two years. She will also have to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

Richard Emmett, 55, of Norman Avenue, Eccleshill, was given a community order after pleading guilty to permitting premises to be used for the production of cannabis and will have to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and take part in ten days of rehabilitation requirement activity.

Detective Inspector Matt Walker, of the Bradford District Organised Crime Team, said: “The supply of illegal drugs will not be tolerated in the district and our officers are committed to removing these substances from the streets and taking positive action against those involved in their distribution.

“The public have a vital part to play in the success of these operations and anyone with information about those involved in the supply of illegal drugs can report it by calling 101 or online through various contact options on the West Yorkshire Police website.”

"Information can also be reported anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111."