Package thrown away as he ran from police
A HEROIN and crack cocaine dealer from Huddersfield has been caged for five years.
Bradford Crown Court heard that Waqas Raza, 20, was a street dealer.
Prosecutor Simon Myers said Raza, of Moorside Avenue, Crosland Moor, supplied heroin to an undercover police officer at a disused Huddersfield mill last August.
The next month he became the subject of a surveillance operation.
As he tried to run away from police in Crosland Moor he threw away a package. It was later found to contain almost 100 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine.
The package had a street value of £974.
A search of Raza's home revealed £14,000 hidden in the attic.
Mr Myers told the court the only explanation for the money was that it must have come from trafficking in drugs.
Raza, who has recently been working in Scotland, pleaded guilty to possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply and supplying heroin.
Barrister Abdul Iqbal, for Raza, said his family were distraught and embarrassed by his offending, but they still supported him.
Because of his age Raza will begin his sentence at a young offenders' institution.
A hearing later this year will decide what happens to the confiscated £14,000.
Judge Linda Sutcliffe said the use of heroin and crack cocaine was "a cancer in our society".
She told Raza: "The drugs explain why these courts see a steady, unremitting stream of people committing acquisitive crime like burglary, so that they can fund their habit.
"People like you and people higher up the chain of supply are only too happy and willing to foster this for profit."
She added: "Not only do you ruin other people's lives by supplying drugs, you've ruined the peace of mind of your family, who are, I'm told, bitterly and understandably ashamed and perplexed by your actions."