Two Keighley residents have been handed prison sentences following their conviction on drug-related charges within the town.

Khalid Azam, 41, residing on Edensor Road, and Christopher Shepherd, 35, from Guard House Grove, were found guilty of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. The duo confessed to the charges during their trial.

Upon their arrest in December 2022, law enforcement discovered over 200 individual street deals of heroin and crack cocaine in their possession, amounting to a street value of £2200.

On Monday, 26th February 2024, Bradford Crown Court delivered their sentences: Azam received a 4-year and 3-month jail term, while Shepherd was sentenced to 3 years and 7 months.

The investigative initiative, led by Bradford’s Precision Team, targeted county lines offences in Keighley. Support from the National County Lines Coordination Centre was instrumental in the success of the operation.

Detective Inspector Helen Chapman of Bradford’s Precision Team said; “Illegal drugs will not be tolerated in our communities and this operation and investigation demonstrates that we will target those who are involved in drug dealing and organised crimes.

“Programme Precision is dedicated to tackling the activities of serious organised criminals and those who are involved in the supply of drugs and serious violence.

“We work with local Neighbourhood Policing Teams and partners to make the streets safer.

“I would like to thank the local community who provide us with intelligence, so we can target and disrupt those associated with this criminal trade.”