First Dates star, 28, who already spent the night with his date jailed for role in £1.5m heroin ring

First Dates star, 28, who famously revealed on the show that he had already spent the night with his match after meeting her on the train, has been jailed for his role in £1.5million heroin

  • Joey Shaw first appeared on Channel 4’s First Dates in 2017
  • He has now been found guilty of his involvement in a heroin gang
  • The 28-year-old will receive a prison sentence of six and a half years after his conviction

A First Dates star who famously revealed on the show that he had already spent the night with his match after meeting her on the train has been jailed for his £1.5million heroin role

Joseph ‘Joey’ Shaw, 28, had previously appeared in the Channel 4 romance series First Dates in 2017.

He impressed viewers when he enjoyed having already met his blind date prior to the show – the pair originally connected on the train and then spent the night together.

However, the used car salesman has now been found guilty of his involvement in a heroin gang and is facing a six-and-a-half-year prison sentence.

Joseph ‘Joey’ Shaw, 28, was charged with involvement in the supply of heroin, conspiracy to supply cocaine and conspiracy to produce cannabis

Joey first appeared on Channel 4's hit series First Dates in 2017 where he dined with pink-haired Jodie

Joey first appeared on Channel 4’s hit series First Dates in 2017 where he dined with pink-haired Jodie

He and brother, Daniel Shaw, 24, were arrested after police raided a property linked to the couple on Silkstone Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, seizing 70lbs of heroin and £100,000 in cash.

The drugs were found in two laundry bags in the attic and the money was found in a padlocked sports bag.

Joey and Daniel admitted conspiracy to supply both cocaine and heroin – Joey was also charged with conspiracy to produce cannabis in 2021.

His brother received a substantial ten and a half years’ imprisonment during his sentencing at Bradford Crown Court.

Agents from the Bradford Precision Team raided a property on Silkstone Road on 22 August 2021

The drugs were found in two laundry bags in the attic and the money was found in a padlocked sports bag

Bradford police officers found 31 kilograms of heroin with a street value of £1.5 million and £100,000 in cash

Daniel Shaw, 24, of Albion Road was later arrested and charged with conspiracy to supply heroin, conspiracy to supply cocaine and conspiracy to manufacture cannabis

Daniel Shaw, 24, of Albion Road was later arrested and charged with conspiracy to supply heroin, conspiracy to supply cocaine and conspiracy to manufacture cannabis

A third man involved in the crime, Mohammed Bashir, 42, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to supply a class A drug and possession of criminal property.

Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Farrell, Bradford District Chief of Detectives, said: ‘This is a fantastic result for the Bradford District, not only have we taken a significant amount of drugs off the streets but we have also put two men behind bars who fueling the streets with drugs.

Joey told the television program how the couple was originally on the train the day before

Joey told the television program how the couple originally sat on the train the day before

“We regularly see the harm that Class A drugs do both to individual users and to our communities, fueling crime and anti-social behavior that impacts the lives of ordinary people.”

Joey was featured on French TV personality Fred Sirieix’s reality TV show where he was matched with pink-haired Jodie, who was 23 at the time.

In one of his more memorable scenes, he calls a friend from the restaurant toilets, claiming he was on a date with a woman he had spent the night before.

He called a friend during the show and claimed he was on a date with a woman he spent the night before

He called a friend during the show and claimed he was on a date with a woman he spent the night before

The pair both knew when they met that they would be appearing on First Dates, but had no idea they would date each other.

“He seemed like a normal guy who worked as a car dealer. There was no evidence that he was involved in drugs,” said a friend The sun.

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