A DRUG dealer caught with £3,665 in cash on him when he was trapped in an undercover police sting has been jailed for 28 months.

Mohammed Alom, 21, was netted as part of Operation Saucerlake in Keighley when street traffickers were apprehended selling crack cocaine and heroin to plain clothes officers posing as addicts.

Alom, of Nightingale Street, Keighley, was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on Friday after pleading guilty to supplying Class A drugs on June 7 and 22 last year.

Prosecutor Mark Brookes said Alom worked for the so-called ‘Baby’ supply line. The court heard that in March, 2012, he was sentenced at the city’s youth court to a 12 month youth rehabilitation order for possession of heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply. Clare Walsh said in mitigation that Alom was still only 21 and had admitted the offences at the first opportunity. It was not his fault that the case had taken well over a year to come to court.

After his earlier drug trafficking conviction, Alom had moved to London to make a fresh start.

When he returned to the Bradford area, he fell in with the wrong crowd again.

Mrs Walsh said Alom was a hard working man with a supportive family and a steady girlfriend.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said he had read a very moving letter from Alom’s father.

“Behind every defendant caught dealing drugs in this area there are shocked and appalled relatives,” the judge said.

The courts would continue to give every support to the police and the community in the crack down on the sale of illegal drugs.

Judge Durham Hall made an order confiscating the money seized from Alom when he was arrested.

Alom was the latest in a succession of defendants netted by Operation Saucerlake.

The crack down was launched to stop street dealers blighting Keighley.

Jailing most of the dealers earlier this year, the former Recorder of Bradford, Judge Roger Thomas QC, said: “The drug dealing in these many cases almost universally took place in broad daylight in the middle of Keighley, in residential areas, and the town centre.”