City duo part of heroin drug-deal con­spir­acy

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

TWO MEN from Brad­ford are due to be sen­tenced next month af­ter con­spir­ing to sup­ply heroin across the UK.

Fa­ri­man Khan and Fran­cis Cooper were ar­rested last au­tumn fol­low­ing a lengthy in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Na­tional Crime Agency’s Armed Op­er­a­tions Unit.

De­tails of the pair’s ac­tiv­i­ties were shared by the Na­tional Crime Agency yes­ter­day as a se­nior in­ves­ti­ga­tor said the pub­lic was safer now the pair were be­ing held in cus­tody.

The crime agency said Cooper had driven a white tran­sit van to Streatham in South Lon­don in July 2016 to meet with 41-yearold Carl Stan­ley. Of­fi­cers then saw Cooper hand some­thing to Stan­ley be­fore the pair drove away in sep­a­rate ve­hi­cles.

Stan­ley’s ve­hi­cle was stopped by of­fi­cers from the Metropoli­tan Po­lice in the same street and he was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of pos­ses­sion with in­tent to sup­ply a class A drugs.

They found what was later con­firmed to be ap­prox­i­mately 2kg of heroin, with an es­ti­mated street value of £198,000.

The unit in­ves­ti­gated the han­dover fur­ther and iden­ti­fied Khan as the fa­cil­i­ta­tor of the drugs ex­change.

Khan, 46, and Cooper, 61, both of Reynolds Av­enue, were ar­rested in Oc­to­ber 2017.

Of­fi­cers then searched the prop­erty in Reynolds Av­enue, re­cov­er­ing a num­ber of mo­bile phones, SIM cards, com­puter de­vices and more than £69,000 cash in the process.

Cooper pleaded guilty to con­spir­acy to sup­ply class A drugs at an ear­lier hear­ing on April 10 and Khan was found guilty of the same of­fence on Thurs­day fol­low­ing a trial at Leeds Crown Court.

Both men have been re­manded in cus­tody un­til their sen­tenc­ing on Au­gust 3.

Stan­ley, of Cameron Place, Lon­don, was jailed for four years in Jan­uary for pos­ses­sion of heroin with in­tent to sup­ply.

Tim Gre­gory, a se­nior in­ves­ti­ga­tor with the crime agency, yes­ter­day said: “Khan has an ex­ten­sive crim­i­nal his­tory and seem­ingly no re­spect for law en­force­ment as he con­tin­ued to of­fend while on li­cence from prison.

“He and Cooper have been found guilty of sup­ply­ing vast amounts of class A drugs across the UK – drugs which fuel fur­ther crime, vi­o­lence and ex­ploita­tion – and I have no doubt the pub­lic are safer now they are both be­hind bars”.

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