A drugs bagger was found with crack cocaine and heroin worth almost £2,500 stashed between his buttocks and in his boxer shorts, a court heard.
Addict Nadeem Mohammed (37) had been strip-searched after police raided his Nelson home on March 12th. They had discovered him in bed, along with digital scales and plastic packaging with traces of drugs on.
He’s concerned he has again let his family down and he’s adamant that’s something he wants to put behind himDefence solicitor
Burnley Crown Court was told Mohammed was working on behalf of someone else and claimed he had been subjected to violence and threats. The defendant, a convicted robber then on licence from a jail term for burglary, got heroin as a reward for his involvement in the dealing.
He had 2.82 grams of heroin on him as well as more than 24 grams of crack cocaine, but gave no comment to all questions put to him when he was interviewed.
The defendant, of Perth Street, admitted possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply and was locked up for 30 months.
Mr Stephen Parker (prosecuting) said police went with a warrant to Mohammed’s home at 9am. He was upstairs in bed.
The scales tested positive for crack cocaine and heroin and some of the packaging tested positive for cocaine.
Mr Parker said the defendant was taken to the police station and strip searched. In his buttocks and/or boxer shorts, officers recovered two packages of heroin worth £190 if sold in £10 deals on the streets. Police also found a large package of crack cocaine, weighing 19.8 grams and a further 5.6 grams in 50 individual packages. If all the crack cocaine was cut down, it would sell for £2,300 on the streets. Total value of the drugs was £2,490.
The prosecutor continued: “Albeit he may be working for somebody else, there’s that element he has been trusted with £2,500 worth of drugs. Clearly, there was a reward to him, whether it be monetary in terms or free drugs for his usage.”
Mohammed had 41 offences on his record, which started in 1992 and had received five years for robbery in August 2006.
Richard Taylor (for the defendant) said he would say he was under a considerable amount of pressure and the Crown accepted he was certainly under the influence of others.
The solicitor continued: “Custody, obviously, is inevitable. He’s now doing well in custody, in that he’s drug-free, he’s presenting negative samples and he’s undertaking courses. He says to me he is now 37 and he’s far too old to be coming back to custody again and again.”
Mr Taylor said the defendant had no trappings in his home from his involvement and there was no suggestion of any proceeds of crime hearing. The solicitor added: “He expresses remorse. He’s concerned he has again let his family down and he’s adamant to me that’s something he wants to put behind him.”