A MAN on trial accused of being part of a major Bradford drug dealing ring told the jury he had £60 in his bank account and his last car was a second-hand Skoda.

Mujahid Mahmood, 28, of Hollins Street, Manningham, denies conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.

He is alleged to have been involved in the ring-and-bring Sully Line that operated in central Bradford, taking up to 700 orders a day and with a turnover of up to £10 million in just over a year.

Mahmood told the jury at Bradford Crown Court on Friday that he had no involvement with drug dealing.

At the time the Sully Line was in operation, between July 2017 and August last year, Mahmood said he had been taking crack cocaine and heroin and smoking cannabis.

He said he was currently unemployed but had worked in a phone shop.

Mahmood said he had friends from his local area who used drugs and who supplied them.

“If I was a drug dealer, I would have paid my mortgage off and be leading a luxury life. I don’t even have a car,” he told the jury.

He said he could not recall ringing phone kiosks in Priestland Close and Westgate and that someone else may have used his phone.

Mahmood was arrested in Bradford in an Audi S3 on March 7, 2018.

He had a small amount of heroin and cocaine on him that was for his personal use.

He was the front seat passenger in the vehicle and said they had been driving round for an hour and were going for a meal.

Cross-examined by prosecutor Rupert Doswell, Mahmood repeated that he knew people who used or supplied drugs.

“Is that something that is commonplace in the group of people that you know?” Mr Doswell asked.

Mahmood replied: “Yes.”

“How many of your friends are drug dealing?” Mr Doswell said.

“Three or four,” Mahmood replied, adding that he was not mentioning any names.

It is the Crown’s case that Mahmood played an active role in the Sully Line, manning the phone on occasions and calling addicts who were ordering drugs from phone kiosks.

On trial with him is Luqman Nazir, 28, of Farcliffe Place, Heaton, Bradford, who denies two allegations of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

Yesterday, a third defendant, David Coates, 34, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty in front of the jury to supplying cocaine and heroin, between January 25 and January 27, 2018.

He will be sentenced at the end of the trial.

The jury has heard that three men not before the court played a leading role in the operation, taking it in turns to take orders on the Sully Line to ensure a round-the-clock supply ring.

Mohammed Assan, Mohammed Ayaz and Tassawar Aslam have all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

The trial continues.