"A further £12,500 in cash was recovered from the front room"
Two brothers have been jailed after admitting to possessing various drugs with intent to supply. They also concealed £12,500 in cash under their sleeping mother.
Majeed Ahmed, aged 29, and Zahir Ahmed, aged 18, of Normanton, Derby, locked the money in a tin and placed it under a bed while their mother was fast asleep.
Their ill-gotten gains were discovered during a police raid.
Inside the locked tin was a dealer list and fingerprints of Majeed. He had earlier ran from police who saw him carrying out a deal near his address.
The prosecutor Stuart Lody explained that police went to the brothers’ home address intending to carry out a drugs warrant on October 21, 2019.
However, they spotted Majeed on Church Street handing over something to a known drug user.
They gave chase and caught him. He was in possession of 33 wraps of either heroin or crack cocaine.
The property on Clarence Road was then searched and officers found Zahir locked in his bedroom. They also discovered wraps of heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis in both brothers’ bedrooms.
Mr Lody said: “A further £12,500 in cash was recovered from the front room where the defendants’ mother was sleeping.
“It was in a locked tin under the bed and also in there was a dealer list and Majeed’s fingerprints.”
In his police interview, Majeed claimed that his younger brother was working for him. However, Zahir revealed that he was working alone and had his own set of customers.
At Derby Crown Court, both men admitted possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply. They also pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis, which was for their personal use.
Hal Ewing, representing Majeed, said that his client was on licence at the time after being jailed for 40 months for drug dealing in 2017.
Mr Ewing added: “He has two girls aged six and four who he has not seen since 2016.”
Justin Ablott pleaded for Recorder Charles Falk to suspend Zahir’s sentence due to his age and lack of previous convictions.
He said: “He is in a relationship and his partner is pregnant. He was candid and forthright in his interviews.
“It would have been easy to blame his brother but he did not as that was not the truth.”
Recorder Falk told the brothers:
“Drugs are the scourge of modern society. It is drugs that lead to other crimes and addiction leads to misery.”
“One of its effects is to lead on to people carrying out burglaries and robberies as people commit them to fund their habits.
“And you two supplying that market makes it sustainable.”
Derby Telegraph reported that Majeed Ahmed was jailed for three years and eight months while Zahir Ahmed received a two-and-a-half-year sentence.