A MAN with ambitions to become a probation officer has been spared jail for street dealing class A drugs.

Dawud Hussain, 23, of Victoria Mews, Keighley, was caught with a quantity of heroin and crack cocaine by police after receiving treatment in an ambulance following a car crash he was involved in.

He was arrested following the crash in Keighley involving the Volkswagen Golf he was driving and a Citroen car. Both Hussain and a woman driving the other vehicle involved in the smash were injured in the collision.

Hussain was moved to an ambulance at the scene and, as he was treated, Hussain hid a package of drugs between his legs.

Police then attended the scene and Hussain pretended to be unconscious when spoken to about the package by officers.

Police then searched Hussain and he was found at the scene with 60 packets of crack cocaine weighing 7.72 grams and 58 packets of heroin weighing 11.4 grams. The total value of the drugs was £1,145.95.

Two mobile phones, a Nokia and an iPhone, were found on Hussain. Text messages were discovered on the phones relating to street drug dealing, but limited to the day before and the day of the car crash.

Hussain was 20 at the time of the incident, on July 23, 2019. He had been drug dealing for two weeks before he was arrested.

In mitigation, the court heard Hussain was studying for a criminology degree at university, which he has now completed and wants to become a probation officer.

The court also heard Hussain has ‘demonstrated a high level of remorse’ since his arrest.

He was introduced to cannabis himself by a friend. He was paying off a drugs debt to dealers at the time of the incident, Bradford Crown Court heard on Wednesday, September 15.

Hussain demonstrated a ‘naivety and immaturity’ of how he got into himself into the situation of drug dealing.

He was sentenced for two charges of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of class A - crack cocaine and possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of class A - heroin.

Hussain was jailed for two years, suspended for 24 months, for the two offences. He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours work in the community and to undertake 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

Recorder Andrew Smith told Hussain: “You were doing street dealing on behalf of someone else. You were a runner.

“You had got yourself into debt, partly due to your dabbling in drugs.

“You were in a position to succumb to pressure put on you. A long time has passed since these offences.

“I’m astonished that someone with your early promise found themselves in this position. Your family must be embarrassed.”

The Recorder added Hussain still had ‘good potential for the future’ but he had gone into his drug dealing with his ‘eyes open’ and was caught by police in possession of two ‘dealable quantities of class A drugs’.

The judge added other students find their university life stressful, including financially, but, unlike Hussain, do not resort to criminal activity.

A confiscation and destruction order for the drugs and the two mobile phones seized in this case was also made by the judge.