A man who rebelled against his strict upbringing has been jailed for three- and-a-half years after admitting his role in a Bradford drugs factory and possessing ammunition without a certificate.

Rehan Suleman, 27, went on the run after police raided a flat in Little Germany, Bradford, and found a £30,000 stash of drugs, production equipment and nearly 50 bullets.

He gave himself up in January after an appeal on the TV Crimewatch programme. He pleaded guilty to three charges of being concerned in the production of heroin and cocaine, one of possessing cannabis with intent to supply, and one of possessing ammunition.

He was jailed at Bradford Crown Court for two-and-a-half years for the drugs offences and a consecutive 12 months for possessing the ammunition.

Prosecutor John Topham told the court police raided the rented flat, at Albion House, Hick Street, Little Germany, in August, 2009, and found heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and cannabis worth £30,000. There was also production equipment, including bags, scales, cutting agents, face masks, latex gloves, blenders and a compressor.

Inside a tub, with the cannabis, were 44 unused .38 Smith and Wesson bullets and two Luger 9mm bullets.

Suleman’s fingerprints were found on the box and tub containing the ammunition and on bags of heroin and cocaine.

An appeal to find him was published in the Telegraph & Argus. He surrendered himself to police a month after the Crimewatch appeal.

The court was told another defendant had been sentenced to four years, after a trial in 2010, for the drugs offences. Mr Topham said the prosecution was not aware of exactly what role Suleman, of Sunderland Road, Manningham, Bradford, played.

Suleman’s barrister, Tim Stead, said his client started dabbling with drugs as a student, possibly as part of a rebellion against his upbringing.

His health had been damaged with liver problems and stomach ulcers, he was expelled from the family home and had lost his girlfriend for a time. He owed up to £2,000 and committed the offences to pay the debts.

Mr Stead said Suleman’s girlfriend wished to stand by him and his father had let him back into the family home.

Judge Peter Benson said: “Although your role can be described as lesser, you nonetheless played an active part in this drugs factory.”