Dealer caught with high purity drugs
A DRUG supplier was caught with ‘very high purity’ heroin and crack cocaine as he tried to pay off a drugs debt, a court heard.
Hafizur Rahman Ali, of Greenbank Street, Rawtenstall, was chased by police down a street after they saw him ‘acting suspiciously’ when leaving a house.
Burnley Crown Court heard how some of the heroin was 57pc purity and experts said such a level would normally prompt public health warnings.
Ali, 20, pleaded guilty to possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply.
He was given a two-year sentence at a young offender’s institute, suspended for two years with a six-month curfew.
He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work.
Stephen Parker, prosecuting, told the court that Ali was spotted leaving a property on Hollingreave Road in Burnley at 8pm on March 22 this year.
Police said Ali was ‘acting suspiciously’ and when one of the officers asked “Hi mate, police, have you got a minute?” Ali ran off.
After a ‘short foot chase’ Ali slipped and was arrested.
Mr Parker said Ali, who was 19 at the time of the incident, was seen to drop a small plastic bag on the floor.
An examination found £1,375 worth of class A drugs inside, including £1,050 worth of heroin and £325 worth of crack cocaine split into different size deals.
The prosecutor told the court: “Experts say some of the heroin was touching 57pc purity which is what the police would regard as very high purity.
“In fact when heroin of that purity is known to be in circulation that is about the point where the police consider issuing warnings to health and partner agencies because of the risk of overdose.”
Ali, who works parttime for security firm G4S as a football match and concert steward, told the probation service that he had been a ‘longstanding’ user of cannabis and built up a £500 drug debt after losing his previous job.
The court heard that Ali was instructed to collect a package from the property but was quickly arrested by police.
Ali said he thought it was cannabis and was ‘shocked’ when officers later told him they were class A drugs.
Judge Jonathan Gibson said it was an ‘isolated incident’ and agreed to suspend his sentence.
However he warned Ali: “You won’t get more than one chance.
“Your use of cannabis has to stop now and stop for good.”