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Man who accepted delivery of package from Afghanistan is given eight years
A “not very bright” drug dealer has been jailed for eight years.
Imranul Islam was found guilty of importing heroin with a potential street value of £160,000 by a jury at Bradford Crown Court yesterday.
The 22-year-old, of Amberley Street, Bradford Moor, was also sentenced for earlier Class A drugs offences, which he had admitted. The importation offence was committed while he was on bail.
Judge Neil Davey QC told Islam: “The seriousness of the importation is aggravated by the fact that you were on bail at the time.”
The judge said sentence was also influenced by the fact the heroin was 48 per cent pure.
During the trial, the jury had been told Islam had been involved in the importing of an urn containing heroin from Afghanistan. He signed for the package when it was delivered to a house in Wellands Terrace in Bradford Moor last June – even though it was addressed to another man.
Islam said he had been asked to sign by the man, Mohammed Azam, who had helped him get a room to rent at the house.
The trial was told the urn contained 1.6kg of heroin, which would normally have a street value of about £79,000, but because of its purity, it could be diluted to be worth twice that amount.
The jury took two hours to find him guilty and he was sentenced to six years for that offence.
Islam was also jailed for two years for possessing heroin and crack cocaine. Those offences were committed last April at his parents’ home in Amberley Street.
Islam had claimed he was blackmailed into hiding the drugs in his bedroom for £50 a week.
Judge Davey told defence barrister James Bourne-Arton: “The defendant is not very bright.”
“That is perhaps an understatement,” said Mr Bourne-Arton, asking that Islam’'s “age and immaturity” be taken into account for sentencing.
He said: “There is no evidence of high-living.
“He is vulnerable with no great ambition to be a rich and successful drug dealer. His greatest desire is for his family to forgive him.”
Judge Davey ordered that the prison sentences be served consecutively.