A violent drug dealer already serving time for beating up his wife has been jailed for having heroin with intent to supply.
Jubel Miah (21), of Merton Street, Burnley, initially claimed he had been forced at gunpoint to sell drugs as he owed a £10,000 drug debt, and a BMW car parked outside his home had been a hire car.
When the Crown rejected his story he admitted the offences. He was jailed for four years and eight months.
Mr Stephen Parker (prosecuting) said Miah lied about his involvement with the drugs trade.
The first of Miah’s offences came to light when police recognised him as a disqualified driver. The car smelt strongly of cannabis and heroin was hidden behind the sun visor.
At his home, they found a padlocked room. Inside were scales for weighing deals, three mobile phones and bags used for deals. He also had the key to the BMW. The phones had text messages about drug deals.
Miah had £310-worth of heroin in his possession, enough for 31 street deals, and £355 in cash. A further £2,990 was in the bedroom.
In September, police called to a suspected burglary spotted Miah throwing a package over a wall in Briercliffe Road.
The package held three parcels holding £1,480 worth of heroin and a cutting agent including aspirin, enough for 148 street deals.
The court was told Miah’s previous convictions included robbery, violence and grievous bodily harm, and he had already served 12 months for dealing heroin.
Miss Stella Massey (defending) said Miah did not give a full and frank interview to police as he was in fear and reluctant to name others.
Miss Massey said take-away worker Miah had tried to go on the straight and narrow since 2010 but had become involved again in selling drugs. “He wants to put matters behind him,” she said.
Passing sentence, Miss Recorder Suzanne Goddard QC said Miah had already served 12 months for possessing heroin with intent to supply, and had played a significant role in serious matters.