A barrister from Huddersfield has been jailed for supplying cocaine.
Omar Khan, 31, of William Street, Crosland Moor, had been working at a legal firm in Nottingham for five years before he was arrested but had been due to become a barrister in his home town soon and had even set up his own office here.
Khan was jailed at Nottingham Crown Court for 40 months alongside three other men, Erlin Manahasa, Albert Dibra and Nazaquat Ali who all admitted the same charge relating to offences committed between October 1 and December 4 last year.
The court previously heard the case involved the recovery of 1kg (2.2lb) of cocaine.
Manahasa, 28, of no fixed address, was jailed for four and a half years, Dibra, of Joyce Avenue, Nottingham, for seven and a half years, while Ali, of Chard Street, Nottingham, was sentenced to five years in prison.
The court was told they were involved in a significant conspiracy to supply the drug in the Nottingham area.
Dibra was operating a phone line contacted by undercover police. He contacted his friend, Khan, who met the officers with cocaine.
Sentencing the defendants, Judge Michael Stokes QC said: “You four defendants were involved, to a greater or lesser degree, in a serious conspiracy to supply cocaine in this city.
“It is clear, on the evidence, that on at least two occasions significant quantities of that drug with a high content uncut were delivered, seemingly from the south of England into Nottingham.
“The police, who have done an excellent job in this case, observed and waited until the second delivery to restock arrived and then they swooped and found 1.3 kilos of cocaine of an 88% purity. The fact that restocking took place at the point that it did is an indication of the nature and extent of the conspiracy.”
He told Khan, who has lost his job and career as a result of the charge, his case was a tragedy.
Adrian Langdale, mitigating for Khan, said his client had taken cocaine recreationally and got into debt. He was involved in one or two deals in November and they were isolated incidents.
Khan qualified as a barrister in November but continued as a solicitor in the magistrates’ courts.