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Four years for dealer caught with heroin and cocaine twice in Shropshire

By Lisa O'Brien | Telford | Crime | Published:

A drug dealer who was caught twice driving cars containing heroin and cocaine in Shropshire has been jailed.

Sajid Khan has been sentenced to four years in prison

Sajid Khan was driving a Toyota when he was stopped by police in the Telford area in January last year, Shrewsbury Crown Court heard.

Mr Scott Coughtrie, prosecuting, said police officers searched the vehicle and found a quantity of brown and white powder in wraps, along with £465 in cash.

He said 50-year-old Khan denied being involved in drug dealing and stated he had never seen the drugs before.

The court heard that police recovered 2.1g of cocaine and 1.7g of heroin, with a total street value of £410.

Mr Coughtrie said text messages found on phones also recovered at the scene showed evidence of drug dealing.

In September last year, Khan was driving a Volkswagen Passat when he was again stopped by police on the westbound carriageway of the M54, between junctions three for Albrighton and four, near Shifnal.

Mr Coughtrie said police found two parcels of drugs in the engine compartment of the vehicle.

The parcels contained wraps of heroin and cocaine of an unknown value.

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Mr Coughtrie told the court that Khan denied having any knowledge of the drugs.

He said: "This is street dealing, broken down into numerous wraps.

"It falls under a significant role, selling direct to users, street dealing."

Khan, of Antrobus Road, Birmingham, had pleaded guilty to four counts of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply, at an earlier court hearing.

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Mr Nigel Stelling, representing Khan, said his personal circumstances were "very sad indeed".

He said Khan's wife had been diagnosed with cancer just weeks after his mother had died.

Sentencing Khan to four years in prison, Judge Peter Barrie told him: "On January 19 last year when your vehicle was stopped by police it was obvious you were engaged in coming to Telford in order to deal drugs.

"On September 15, when you were on bail, you were again in a vehicle which was found to have an even larger number of wraps of cocaine and heroin.

"It was clear you were continuing in the practice of dealing drugs."

He said it was clear Khan had been playing a "significant role" in the pattern of drug dealing taking place.

Judge Barrie added: "Dealing with a repeated nature of this kind is something that can only be dealt with by way of a custodial sentence."

Lisa O'Brien

By Lisa O'Brien
Senior Reporter - @lisaobrien_Star

Senior reporter based at Shropshire Star's head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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