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Bradford drug deal pair are ‘left with nothing’
Two drug dealers serving jail sentences totalling 12 years had nothing left to show for their crimes, Bradford Crown Court heard.
Mohammed Kershid, doing a nine- year stretch, and his courier, Mohammed Ayaz, jailed for three years and four months, made £16,000 from their wrong-doing.
Of that, only £350 was left and that was in the hands of the police, the court was told.
Kershid, branded a “professional” drug dealer by the sentencing judge, was snared in a sting by police officers posing as a gang of criminals.
He boasted he could supply up to 100 kilograms of heroin a week for export to Scandinavia and claimed he could get his hands on pure cocaine from Columbia and a firearm.
Ayaz, a “one-off courier” for Kershid, was involved in supplying £24,000 of heroin to officers.
Kershid was jailed for three years in 1999 for possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and for six years in 2006 for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
Yesterday, a Proceeds of Crime Application hearing went ahead at the Crown Court without Kershid and Ayaz after Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC was told they did not want to attend.
The court was told that both men’s benefit from their criminality was £8,000. In Kershid’s case, the money was handed to him by undercover officers as part of the sting.
Of that, £350 was seized from Kershid when he was arrested.
Ayaz had nothing left and a nominal £1 was fixed as his available assets. His barrister, Andrew Dallas, said: “I unsuccessfully tried to toss a coin to the prosecution in court but it doesn’t work like that.”
The £1 must be paid through the magistrates’ court within 28 days.
After the confiscation hearing, a police spokesman said: “The total to which this pair benefited, against the time they received behind bars, simply underlines that crime does not pay. Anyone who thinks they may know someone living beyond their means to contact us through the ‘Why Should They’ campaign anonymously on 0800 555 111.”