City duo part of heroin drug-deal conspiracy
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”.