Drug dealer Zahid Ali told to expect long jail term
A 27-YEAR-OLD man has been told he faces a very substantial prison sentence after he admitted possessing more than £50,000 worth of drugs together with three handguns and ammunition.
Fartown man Zahid Ali had been due to stand trial on charges of false imprisonment and wounding with intent at Bradford Crown Court yesterday.(MON).
But after the prosecution offered no evidence on those matters the judge lifted a reporting restriction which prevented information about his earlier guilty pleas being revealed.
Ali, of Moorfields Road, pleaded guilty in December to possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply and a series of offences relating to the firearms.
Prosecutor Stephen Wood said the drugs involved were worth in excess of £52,000 and it was the crown's case that Ali was a commercial drug dealer.
The drugs were discovered at a house in Bay Hall Common Road, Birkby, last September along with cash and the weapons.
Ali also pleaded guilty to possessing three handguns, two sound suppressors, various types of ammunition and a stun gun.
Judge Peter Benson was told that the prosecution was offering no further evidence on the false imprisonment and wounding allegations because the alleged victim had left the country at the end of December travelling on a one-way ticket to Lahore.
''We have no idea where he is within the sub-continent at all save his destination airport,'' said Mr Wood.
Judge Benson remanded Ali back into custody to await his sentence which is due to take place on February 14.
"You must understand of course that the only outcome of your pleas of guilty to these very serious offences is a very substantial custodial sentence," the judge told Ali.