TWO drug dealers were caught up in a police "sting" in Huddersfield.
Undercover officers set up a business called Elite Alloys in Lockwood, targeting criminals and drug dealers in the town.
And at Bradford Crown Court yesterday two men who ran a lucrative drug-dealing partnership were each jailed for three-and-a-half-years.
Arfan Murtaza, 21, and Sajad Ahmed, 24, were caught as part of the undercover operation.
Detectives codenamed the operation The Sting and specifically targeted dealers in the Lockwood area.
The court was told that police set up the fake business in industrial premises off Lockwood Road.
The fake shop was stocked with alloy wheels, car spares and accessories - but police also fitted the premises with audio and visual surveillance equipment.
The idea was to tempt criminals, especially drug dealers, into doing business with the `shop'.
Police ran the operation from June, 2005, until March this year.
A police spokesman said: "It certainly worked. The dealers were caught redhanded, making offers and selling drugs to our officers."
It was not the first time police in Huddersfield had used such a covert operation.
They set up a fake antiques business called Harvest Moon in Westbourne Road, Marsh, and trapped a large number of burglars and thieves trying to sell their ill-gotten gains.
The two defendants caught in the Lockwood operation were dealing drugs in partnership and would take it in turns to man the phone, even drawing up a timetable of who would be doing which shift.
The defendants started dealing to the undercover police when the officers called the number and spoke to Murtaza, who was nicknamed Shadow.
He agreed to sell half an ounce of skunk cannabis to the officers for £70.
Prosecutor Gerald Hendron said the deals escalated from there and over a three- month period the two defendants sold the officers various amounts of cocaine and Ecstasy tablets.
Once Ahmed sold them 500 Ecstasy tablets and said there was no limit on the amount he could get. He said they normally bought them in batches of 5,000.
Ahmed delivered the drugs to the fake shop driving his near-new MG GT sports car. Mr Hendron said the defendants had also been on holiday to Dubai.
The defendants had been running their partnership between July and September last before the police raided their homes and arrested them in April.
Neither Ahmed, of Everard Street, Crosland Moor, or Murtaza of Springdale Avenue, Thornton Lodge, would answer questions.
But at an earlier hearing they pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply drugs. Murtaza admitted a further charge of supplying cannabis.
Judge Geoffrey Kamil said drugs ruined the lives of the dealers, as well as those who took them.
He added: "It never ceases to amaze me, the frequency with which young men from apparently good backgrounds, good families, who have had little involvement with the police find themselves in court for this type of offence."