A COVERT police operation on Bradford’s streets led to members of a “sophisticated” drugs network being jailed for a total of almost 200 years.
Operation Eatonmere - launched in 2013 by West Yorkshire Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit - snared 35 criminals and saw drugs worth about £2 million seized, as well as £360,000 cash.
A number of shotgun cartridges were also found.
In total, 34 of those sentenced were men and one was a woman. As well as Bradford, they came from Manchester, South Yorkshire, London, Liverpool and Kent.
Police said the operation was “community intelligence-led” and saw a “mixture of overt and covert work over a year with a range of tactics used, with officers from both Protective Services (Crime) and Bradford District involved”.
Police also said the operation targeted “criminal groups involved in the importation and supply of drugs”.
The gangs were jailed for 195 years in total - with 18 criminals from Bradford district sentenced to more than 100 years between them.
A police spokesman said the operation initially targeted one gang, before that investigation led to the discovery of a number of other groups.