"We all know the harm drugs can cause"
Two brothers, Muhammad Azam and Rizwan Azam, have been jailed after a police raid at their Sparkhill home by West Midlands Police unveiled an illicit drugs operation.
Officers found a haul of crack cocaine and heroin at the premises after they acted on intelligence about the pair.
The illicit operation was busted by the area’s neighbourhood team who executed a warrant to search the premises on February 18, 2018.
After entering the home of the brothers’ officers recovered a number of mobile phones, hundreds of pounds and evidence of Class A drugs and cannabis.
Soon after the officers raided the property, in Avondale Road, another two containers were thrown out of the home’s window. Both contained packaged Class A drugs inside them.
The Azam brothers admitted possession of drugs with intent to supply prior to their trial at Birmingham Crown Court, after realising the sheer amount of evidence against them.
Neighbourhood officers, investigators and forensic analysis were all used to bring the pair to court for their illegal drugs operation.
On Wednesday, June 26, 2019, the brothers were sentenced to prison.
Muhammad Azam, aged 22 was given three years and four months in jail. His brother, Rizwan Azam, aged 20, received a prison term of two years and nine months.
Speaking about the sentencing and the case, Detective Constable (DC) John Winter from the West Midland Police force CID, said:
“Officers carried out this raid after responding to concerns about drugs within the community.
“We managed to seize Class A and B drugs, some of which would have undoubtedly flooded onto the streets.
“We all know the harm drugs can cause and will pursue anyone we believe has links to the illegal trade.
“We need communities to help be our ‘eyes and ears’ and report any suspicious behaviour so we can keep their area drugs free.”
Class A drugs in the UK can include crack cocaine, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy (MDMA), LSD, magic mushrooms, methadone and methamphetamine (crystal meth).
Class B drugs in the UK can include amphetamines, barbiturates, cannabis, codeine, methylphenidate (Ritalin), synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic cathinones (e.g. mephedrone, methoxetamine) and ketamine.
In this case, Muhammad Azam and Rizwan Azam were dealing crack cocaine and heroin, primarily, and supplying them to users on the streets of Birmingham.