A teenager has been sent to a young offender institution after police found nearly half a kilogramme of heroin at his home.

Philip Adams prosecuting told Leeds Crown Court that officers executed a search warrant at the house in Goldington Avenue, Oakes, Huddersfield, on January 28.

Nazish Iqbal was not there at the start but returned later.

A drawstring bag was found in the attic containing 481 grammes of heroin which was 57 per cent pure and had a street value of around £24,050.

Two packages of crack cocaine were also inside with a street value of £2,460, he said.

An insecure safe was discovered in the wardrobe of Iqbal’s bedroom and inside that was found two bags of a common cutting agent, a set of electronic scales and two 9mm Makarov bullets.

The bullets were later examined by a firearms officer and found to consist of a full metal jacket bullet with propellant. Three mobile phones were also recovered along with £60 cash from the safe and £160 cash from under Iqbal’s bed.

Mark Brookes representing Iqbal said he had been asked to look after a bag for someone else for a few hours and naively agreed. It was only when he got it home he had put the items in different places.

He said Iqbal had only had them some 12 hours and was not responsible for any cutting or packaging of drugs. Since then he had researched and he realised the seriousness of his situation.

Makarov bullets, similar to those found at Iqbal's home
 

Iqbal, 19 admitted possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin and possession of the ammunition without a firearms certificate. He was sent to a young offender institution for 45 months.

Recorder Mark McKone said he had read testimonials about his being a valued member of a boxing club and coming from a good family.

“I don’t underestimate the impact this sentence will have on you and your family as well, but the offences you committed are very serious.

“Drugs with a street value of more than £26,000 as well as the bullets were found “in the house where your hard-working family lived.”

He said removing them from the bag must have made him realise the serious and sinister crime involved.

“Drug dealers need people like you to take risks for them so they can carry on this trade.”