Three men who admitted a conspiracy to supply drugs on the streets of Bradford have been sentenced to a total of 16 years imprisonment.
“Three strikes” drug dealer Haroon Aurangzeb, 21, of Wingfield Street, Barkerend, was jailed for seven years; Isaac Davis, 23, was given a five-year sentence; and Sohail Ali, 19, of New Fields Walk, Barkerend, was imprisoned for four years.
Prosecutor Mehrban Nasiri said that on the afternoon of January 31 last year police were on patrol in the Barkerend area when they saw Aurangzeb and Ali, who ran away.
Ali discarded 20 wraps of heroin and nine wraps of cocaine and was found to be in possession of a further 20 wraps of heroin and £320 in cash. Aurangzeb discarded a phone and £130 in cash. Police seized a phone, £78 cash and a small amount of cannabis.
They were arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and released on bail.
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Mr Nasiri said that nine days later police stopped a Citroen Xsara in Barkerend Road. Davis was driving and Aurangzeb was the passenger.
Police recovered a phone, £60 cash and wraps of heroin and cocaine. They also found £5,000 in the drum of a washing machine at Davis’s flat.
On January 4 this year, police saw Davis talking to an Asian man in the street near his home in Thursby Street, Leeds Road, Barkerend. He was seen to put something into a wheelie bin and heroin and crack cocaine were found in it.
Mr Nasiri said all three defendants played significant roles for financial gain.
He said Davis had pleaded guilty to the later offence on a basis that there was a history of him being bullied and harassed by a group of Asian males and one was responsible for getting him to drive a drug dealer.
Andrew Dallas, representing Davis, said he had been harassed and bullied and felt under pressure.
Aurangzeb’s barrister, Mohammed Nawaz, said it was low level dealing to street users, the amount of drugs found was relatively small, the conspiracy only lasted days and there was no evidence of a lavish lifestyle.
Anne-Marie Hutton, for Ali, said he was only 17 at the time and his offending had been over a short period.
Judge David Hatton QC said each defendant had engaged, to different degrees and at different times, in the peddling of drugs, and the consequential misery it brings, for gain for themselves.