Dealer caught with high pu­rity drugs

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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.”

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