A TEENAGE drug dealer was caught selling heroin and crack to undercover cops in Huddersfield.
But just days after being bailed, Abbas Sethi was out on the streets peddling drugs to the same officers – and then tried to sell them stolen cars.
The crime fiasco was outlined at Bradford Crown Court, as Sethi, now 20, was given a four-year sentence in a young offenders’ institution.
The court heard yesterday how Sethi acted as a street dealer in Huddersfield after he was threatened at gunpoint over his own £2,500 drugs debt.
During September and October last year, the then 19-year-old supplied wraps of heroin and crack cocaine to various undercover police officers who were working on the streets as part of Operation Greystoke.
In early December Sethi, of Clara Street, Hillhouse, was arrested and his home searched. But just five days after he was released on bail the teenager was again involved in arranging a crack cocaine deal for two of the same test purchase officers.
But Sethi’s barrister Ian Howard said his client’s arrest meant he was no longer of value as a drug dealer so the teenager was set up as a seller of stolen cars on behalf of the people to whom he owed the drugs debt.
Prosecutor Peter Hampton said Sethi offered to sell the undercover officers a stolen Mitsubishi Warrior and eventually the vehicle worth £14,000 was sold to the police for just £600.
Before his arrest in March Sethi was involved in discussions about the sale of 25 vehicles and Mr Hampton said six deals took place.
The court heard that the six stolen cars had a value of £65,000, but they were sold on for a total of only £3,940.
“The majority of the vehicles were stolen during the course of house burglaries,” said Mr Hampton.
“Others were acquired following thefts from driveways and public car parks.
“The prosecution submit that this defendant was clearly operating as part of a group of offenders who
deliberately targeted, in the main, high value vehicles.”
On one occasion Sethi was offering to sell a Saab car just over an hour after it had been stolen.
Sethi admitted a series of charges relating to the supply of Class A drugs, possession of drugs with intent to supply and being concerned in drugs supply.
He also pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to steal relating to the stolen motor vehicles.
Mr Howard emphasised that his client had been a man of previous good character until he started using drugs himself and ran up the drugs debt.
He said Sethi maintained that he had been threatened with a gun and had started dealing on the streets only to pay off the debt.
Judge Jonathan Rose told Sethi that he was proof of the fact that drug abuse led to drugs debts and criminality, but he stressed that was no excuse for his behaviour.
The judge said the stolen car offences involved the deliberate targeting of valuable vehicles and Sethi’s links to the cars showed he was “very close” to the thieves.
Sethi was locked up for two-and-a-half years for the drugs offences with an additional 18 months in custody for the conspiracy to steal.