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Bedford men admit conspiracy to supply heroin

Two men from Bedford have been told to expect lengthy jail sentences after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin with a street value of £2.6m.

Omar Khayam and Mohammed Arfaan, both 27, appeared at Luton Crown Court.

Both men admitted two charges of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs between May 2009 and June this year.

Khayam, formerly of Ford End Road, had been sentenced for a similar offence in 2002. He and Arfaan, of Chestnut Avenue, were remanded in custody.

Prosecutor Ben Gumpert said that police found the drugs at a flat in Ashburnham Road, Bedford, in December.

Two vehicles

"There was 25kg of remarkably pure heroin and 25kg of a cutting agent and also a quantity of cocaine.

"It was plainly the intention to cut the heroin to produce 50kg of the drug with a total value of £2.6m on the street.

"These two men could be seen on CCTV in the hallway of the flat arriving in two vehicles with mixing bowls and a hydraulic press."

He said the full facts would be outlined at the sentencing hearing on 1 October.

The haul of drugs is believed to be the largest seizure in Bedfordshire.

It was kept secret while a drug operation codenamed Craster rounded up other people allegedly involved in drug dealing.

Judge John Bevan QC said: "You must understand substantial prison sentences are inevitable. I am sure you realise that."

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