"The defendant's father told police his son had confessed"
Mohin Ahmed, aged 26, of Lozells, Birmingham, was jailed for 30 months after the drug dealer was caught after his father informed the police.
Birmingham Crown Court heard that on March 31, 2020, police carried out a firearms search at his parents’ home in Aston.
However, the BB gun they found in the garage was legal.
Officers then discovered cocaine and MDMA stashed in a sofa as well as large sums of cash in the bedroom.
The MDMA had a street value of £2,260 and the cocaine was worth £970.
His parents were interviewed by police and while they explained the money, Ahmed’s father later told them that the drugs belonged to his son.
Matthew Brook, prosecuting, said:
“At that stage, the parents were interviewed and gave an explanation for the money.
“The defendant’s father told police his son had confessed to him the drugs in the living room belonged to him.”
When interviewed, Ahmed initially lied about the drugs, saying they were merely for his personal use.
He claimed he bought them in bulk because of the Covid-19 lockdown and that he had scales to measure out his daily doses.
But he was exposed as a drug dealer when police examined the phones seized at the address.
Officers found messages such as “I need to buy some cocaine” and “good quality cocaine for sale”. Customers also asked: “You active?”
Ahmed pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and one offence of offering to supply.
William Douglas-Jones, defending, stated Ahmed made a “foolish” decision not to accept his full culpability when police first interviewed him but added he had made full admissions to the charges at the first opportunity.
He described Ahmed as a “hardworking” man from a “respectful family” who started dealing to repay a drugs debt but had sought to change his ways in the period since his arrest.
Judge Francis Laird QC said: “Your father, to his credit, informed police that he had questioned you about the drugs and you had acknowledged to him the drugs belonged to you.
“That must have been an extremely difficult and heart-wrenching thing to do for any father.”
Ahmed was sentenced to 30 months in prison.