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JAIL FOR CITY DRUG COURIER WHO SUPPLIED STREET DEALERS.

Byline: Telegraph Reporter

A MAN who was caught ferrying heroin and crack cocaine was 'one level above' the Coventry street dealers he was delivering to, a judge said.

Badsha Jahir pleaded guilty at the crown court in Leamington to possessing the two class A drugs with intent to supply them and a later offence of possessing heroin.

Jahir, 37, of Wycliffe Road West, Wyken, was jailed for two-and-a-half years after the judge rejected a plea for him to be given a suspended sentence.

Prosecutor Cathlyn Orchard said that in August 2011 police officers saw Jahir driving a BMW along Leicester Causeway, in Coventry, before parking in George Street.

The officers watched a number of people going to the car and then walking away.

So they went over to the BMW, and as they opened the driver's door Jahir took a bag from his lap and passed it to his passenger who threw it out of the window.

The officers recovered the bag, in which they found 45 wraps of heroin and ten wraps of crack cocaine, worth a total of PS550, said Miss Orchard.

Both Jahir and his passenger were arrested, but it was later decided to offer no evidence against the other man.

When he was interviewed Jahir, who had PS200 in cash on him, denied he was dealing and claimed he had been buying drugs at the time.

And in court he pleaded not guilty, but changed his pleas to guilty on the day of his trial in February - entering his plea on the basis that he was acting as a courier to deliver the drugs.

Miss Orchard said that after being granted bail Jahir was stopped driving a Hyundai car in Red Lane, Coventry, two weeks later.

In the central console officers found a single wrap of heroin which Jahir said he had taken there to smoke.

Addressing the judge, Jahir's barrister Simon Phillips said: "The key issue is what role Your Honour ascribes to him. We say that his performance was a limited function under the direction of others.

"Those who are drug-users, as this man was, are not really free to simply turn down offers by drug dealers above them in the chain to do what is asked of them.

"When offered the chance to write off a debt by driving drugs from one place to another, while described as a voluntary act, is not really voluntary."

But jailing Jahir, Recorder William Mousley QC told him: "You were one level above the street dealers, in that you were the courier who was going to provide the drugs to someone for onward supply.

"To my mind, that is at least as bad as the person who is dealing the drugs on the street." Recorder Mousley ordered the PS200 to be forfeited under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Apr 10, 2013
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