Undercover police arrested 20 members of a gang in operation Saucerlake.
In an undercover sting that lasted from May to September last year police posed as drug users to get a better understanding of the line of supply.
The gang had different means of dispatching drugs, once the gang would receive order for heroin, cocaine or crack the gang would send it out in one of many cars owned by them or sometimes on foot.
Drug deals would often take place in a local park usually near schools, after which the local community raised concern and the operation Saucerlake took place.
The gang would usually sent out text to existing customers of on-going promotions and the quality of Drug or even discount available to anyone buying in bulk.
The operation that lasted about 5 months undercover officers were approached on 28 different occasions and were offered all sorts of drugs mostly in open parks in central Keighley.
The gang had different supply lines and some were nicknamed Khany Abbie Billy and Soni.
One of the supply line was open 24 hours and had its own number for anyone who wanted to order crack and heroine around the clock.
Bradford Judge Roger Thomas QC said: “The terrible blight that is caused for society in general, and for so many individuals in particular, by the widespread misuse of class A drugs is widely known.
“The human misery, together with the considerable economic and social consequences, are truly awful.
“The drug dealing in these many cases almost universally took place in broad daylight in the middle of Keighley, in residential areas, and also in the town centre.
“Places such as community centres, parks, and children’s play areas are often referred to.
“Dealing in the vicinity of schools during school hours is also a feature of this open dealing of class A drugs.
“The presence of children as drug deals are being conducted is also something that occurs on occasions.”
Speaking after the final sentences were passed, Insp Khan said: “We would like to thank the communities of Keighley for their support of Operation Saucerlake, which we believe has impacted on the supply of illegal drugs in the town.
“Illegal drugs will not be tolerated in Keighley and I hope this operation and its results demonstrate that we do take these concerns very seriously.
“We hope it will also serve as a warning to others involved in the supply of drugs that we will act on any information we receive to identify you, arrest you and do everything we can to bring you before the courts.”