Drug dealer jailed for six years after police sting

Ayaz Nabi, sentenced to 6 years for drug supply.

Ayaz Nabi, sentenced to 6 years for drug supply.

First published in News

A 30-YEAR-old Bradford man has been jailed for six years on two charges of supplying class A drugs to undercover police officers.

Ayaz Nabi, of Ashwell Road, Girlington, was convicted for a third time of supplying drugs and was jailed for six years for both charges, to run concurrently.

He was arrested last year as part of Operation Stalebank, a crackdown on street drug dealing in the West Bowling, Girlington and Manningham areas of Bradford.

As part of the police sting operation, Nabi had received calls from undercover police officers in May and July last year.

On May 10 last year, undercover police officers rang the 'Wacka' drug dealing line, delivering crack cocaine to addicts by car at pre-arranged drop-off points in Bradford, to be supplied with wraps of crack cocaine. They met up with Nabi, who gave them the wraps weighing 0.26 grams of the drug worth £15.

Prosecuting, Richard Davies told Bradford Crown Court yesterday that on July 2 last year, undercover police officers called the 'Wacka' dealer phone line for wraps of crack cocaine. They then met Nabi in Baslow Grove, Bradford where he supplied them with 0.308 grams of the drug, worth £15.

This latest conviction was his third for drug dealing. In August 2006, Nabi was jailed for three years for conspiring to supply crack cocaine and cannabis.

Then, in April 2010, Nabi, who admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine, was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment suspended for two years, with 300 hours' unpaid work and supervision.

However, since his last conviction, he had "sorted his life out" and was doing charity work and was a carer for his "severely traumatised" cousin.

But unemployed Nabi had returned to his drug dealing ways after getting into £600 of debt.

Nabi, who kept his head bowed throughout the hearing, pleaded guilty to both charges.

His Honour Judge Roger Thomas told Nabi: "This is the third time you have found yourself in court in relation to the supply of class A drugs.

"You are somebody who, in previous years on these two occasions, would have known that you were involved in the supply of drugs. In the circumstances, you knew what you were doing. That was the impression you were giving to the police officers."

Andrew Dallas, defending, said: "He was financially desperate at the time.

"He found himself on a third strike. He has clearly tried to sort his life out. His problem was money. He got into debt of over £600. He was taking the risk for others.

"Due to his stupidity, he will also miss the birth of his first child next month."

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