A 41-year-old man believed to have played a significant role in the distribution of illicit drugs in Calderdale has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Khumran Mohammed Taj received his sentence at Bradford Crown Court on Thursday, following his conviction for participating in a conspiracy to supply Class A drugs in both West Yorkshire and Luton.

In January 2022, Taj was apprehended when law enforcement executed warrants at residences in Halifax and Luton, resulting in the confiscation of a substantial quantity of Class A substances. Subsequently, he faced multiple drug-related charges, including possession with intent to supply and conspiracy to supply.

Craig Collins, a 48-year-old man from Illingworth, was also incarcerated for his involvement in the conspiracy, receiving a 20-month sentence.

Detective Constable Chris Bailey, of the Calderdale District Precision Team, said; “Taj was the principal member of an organised crime group (OCG) who was responsible for supplying a large quantity of class A drugs within the Calderdale area.

“I hope that this sentencing sends a clear message to those involved in the supply of illegal drugs in the Calderdale area, that we are actively pursuing you and will continue to work with our partners to bring you before the courts.”