60 wraps of cocaine were found hidden in Overend's bra
A street drug dealer, Mohammed Yaqub, aged 31, from Bradford, has been jailed after being caught selling Class A drugs from his car with his ex-partner who had cocaine wraps hidden in her bra.
Yaqub was behind the wheel and his ex-partner Lauren Overend, aged 26, from Bradford, was in the front passenger seat of their Toyota Corolla in the area of Hirst Wood in Bradford.
The pair were spotted by plain-clothed police officers, where two drug users were hanging around.
One of the users was checking his phone and then an officer saw one of the addicts getting out of Yaqub’s car.
Bradford Crown Court heard on June 3, 2019, that when officers stopped them, 60 wraps of cocaine were found hidden in Overend’s bra.
Camille Morland, prosecuting said, Overend told police she was storing the £900 worth of drugs for Yaqub in her bra.
Morland told the court that Yaqub and Overend were previously in a relationship.
She was now working with him as an accomplice and she was also the mother of young children.
When Yaqub was arrested police also found £562 cash on him as well.
Both of them pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply crack cocaine on June 27, 2019.
This was the first offence for Overend, as she had no previous convictions but Yaqub had nine for 15 offences. These included public order offences, possession of cannabis and robbery.
Barrister John Bottomley, defending Yaqub said that he had pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial in June 2019 and since then, while on bail, had not committed any more offences.
The court heard that Yaqub was now free of using illegal substances and turned his life around. He’s been supporting his elderly parents and was caring for his brother who was not well.
Overend’s barrister, Patrick Palmer argued that she was of previous good character and was led into offending by Yaqub.
She admitted to the crime because she was only looking after the drugs stuffed down her bra for Yaqub.
Therefore, Judge Jonathan Rose sentenced Overend to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years.
She was also given a rehabilitation activity requirement with the probation service and a six month electronically monitored overnight curfew.
The judge stressed that the curfew could only be ignored if there was a medical emergency involving her children.
The judge said because he was caring for his family members, this was only his mitigation.
Even being a father of three children or the thinking about community had not deterred him from peddling the drugs.
Knowing he was guilty Yaqub only admitted the offence only last week on the day of his trial.
Therefore, sentencing him to three years and four months in prison was the decision taken by the judge.