Police found a cardboard box containing nearly £49,000 worth of heroin when they searched the boot of a nervous motorist, a court heard.
Two PCs were on duty in an unmarked police vehicle when they stopped near a VW Golf parked in Taylor Street, Batley, on the afternoon of February 26 this year.
There was only one occupant and when they went to speak to Iraqi national Dilshad Abdullah he said he was waiting for someone to whom he was trying to sell his car.
Denise Breen-Lawton, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court today the officers were suspicious and decided to search it after they noticed the car was dirty, there were personal items and rubbish strewn inside and the driver “was visibly shaking and appeared very nervous.”
He had £340 in cash in one pocket and £495 in the other and two mobile phones were seized but it was when one of the officers searched the boot that the box was found containing a solid block wrapped in packaging.
When analysed it proved to be 978 grammes of heroin of 54% purity, the average in West Yorkshire being 38%. The value on the streets was £48,900.
When his home in St John’s Walk, Dewsbury was searched they found a set of scales and £15,240 in a Luis Vuitton bag. They also discovered Abdullah had been gambling with large sums of cash over two nights at Napoleon’s casino in Bradford.
On one night he had paid in £7,000 to get chips and when he cashed out only had £4,000, having lost the rest. The following evening he had returned, paid in £3,500 and left with £11,500 having made a profit.
He told police he had been put under pressure by a man he had met through the Kurdish community to deliver drugs and when he had refused that man had tried to strangle him.
Abdul Shakoor, representing Abdullah, told the court out of fear he had agreed and that man and another used his flat to store items and provided the package for him to take to the spot following him there.
They also left cash at his flat and it was some of that he had used on the first night gambling and fearing they would find out he knew he had to get his losses back so had returned the next night.
He knew he should have told the police of the pressure put on him but did not feel that was an option.
Abdullah, 30, admitted possessing heroin with intent to supply and was jailed for 46 months.
Sentencing him the Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC said the prosecution accepted he was a courier for others who had “exploited your vulnerability” but he said the a significant number of street deals would have been provided from what was higher than average purity heroin.
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