A DRUG dealer has been told by Bradford’s top judge that he must have been “living on the planet Zog” if he did not expect to be locked up for peddling heroin and crack cocaine in the city.
Idrees Hussain, 20, was sentenced to two years' detention in a young offender institution for possession of 27 wraps of Class A drugs with intent to supply.
Hussain, the sole occupant of the vehicle, was arrested at 8pm on March 27 last year by police officers investigating an unrelated offence of house burglary in the area.
He told officers he found the 21 wraps of heroin and six wraps of crack cocaine hidden in a hole in a wall and was “going to try” some of his find.
Mr Smith said there was no evidence of drug dealing on Hussain’s phone and nothing incriminating was found when police searched his home.
Hussain, of Yateholm Drive, Clayton Heights, Bradford, told police that the ten-year-old car he was apprehended in was his, but it was not registered to him or insured by him, the court was told.
Hussain’s solicitor advocate, Ashok Khullar, said his client was 19 at the time and had no similar previous convictions.
He suffered with epilepsy and so would be vulnerable if sent to custody.
Hussain worked in a restaurant and had the offer of full time employment at a taxi office.
Mr Khullar said the haul of drugs on Hussain was not large and he asked the Recorder of Bradford, Judge Roger Thomas QC, if it might be possible to suspend the inevitable sentence of custody.
But Judge Thomas said Hussain lied to the police, saying he had found the drugs in a wall, and then maintained he was “custodian” of the bag and not involved in selling the wraps.
The judge told Hussain: “This is a simple and straightforward case of drug dealing, whether as a sole trader or acting with others.
“This is Class A drugs supply and you must have been living on the planet Zog if you did not realise what the attitude of the courts in Bradford is to that.”