POLICE have hailed the success of a joint operation targeting drug smugglers.
Detectives worked with officials of the UK Border Agency to trap two men, after a large haul of heroin was found in Batley.
It had a street value of £200,000.
Now the two men have been jailed for their part in smuggling 1.31kg of heroin into West Yorkshire.
Bilal Suleman, 22, was jailed for four years and eight months for conspiring to import heroin, whilst his uncle, Zaber Khan, received a sentence of two years and eight months for purchasing a mobile phone, which was then used in the commission of the offence. Both men pleaded guilty to their respective charges at Leeds Crown Court.
The case was brought to the attention of officers in the Regional Organised Crime Unit back in January, 2011, when officers from United Kingdom Borders Agency performed a routine search on a consignment of mayonnaise which had arrived from Pakistan.
Concealed within were two packages of brown powder which were seized by the officers, believing it to be heroin. The consignment was destined for a company called Global Foods at Lady Ann Mills, Lady Ann Road, Batley – premises rented by Bilal Suleman.
Police made contact with Suleman to arrange delivery.When Suleman signed for it, he was arrested for conspiring to import controlled drugs into the UK.
Khan’s involvement in the offence was revealed after he was identified on CCTV footage, purchasing a mobile phone that was used to arrange the delivery of the package in January.
Det Chief Insp Richard James, Head of Regional Operations, said: “The result demonstrates what can be achieved in partnership with our colleagues at UKBA, who intercepted the consignments in the first instance.”