"Heroin is one of the most destructive and dangerous drugs available"
Drug dealer Mohammed Aziz, aged 29, of Handsworth, Birmingham, was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison for importing heroin.
It was heard he ordered a kilogram of the Class A drug to be delivered to an address in Slough. The drugs were hidden in clothing.
Aziz had ordered the package of heroin to be delivered from Pakistan and was concealed within leather jackets.
It was discovered the package weighed one kilogram and had a street value of approximately £350,000.
Even though he lived in Birmingham, Aziz had the parcel sent to a friend’s address on King Edward Street in Slough. Upon its arrival at the address, Aziz intended to collect it.
However, detectives from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) were aware of the drug dealer’s plans.
They arrested Aziz when he arrived to pick up the parcel of heroin. He was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
Birmingham Mail reported that Mohammed Aziz pleaded guilty to the charge and on Friday, July 26, 2019, he was sentenced to six years and nine months at Reading Crown Court.
Following the sentencing, Detective Inspector Graham Curtis, of SEROCU’s investigation team, said:
“Heroin is one of the most destructive and dangerous drugs available, and its use has a far-reaching impact on communities across the country.
“It’s vital that we stop the individuals looking to profit from selling the substance.
“And by detaining dealers such as Aziz we are making it harder for those intent on selling the drug to operate.”
“We continue to work incredibly hard to apprehend such criminals, however, I would urge members of the public to contact their local police force if they think drug dealing is happening in their area.”
Information on drug dealing can be submitted to local police forces across the country by calling 101.
Alternatively, those with information can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or by contacting them online.
Mohammed Aziz’s conviction is just one case in the number of criminals importing illegal drugs into the UK and between cities.
The police have been cracking down on the number of “county lines” drug operations throughout the UK, especially since it has increased.
According to the National Crime Agency, the number has nearly tripled between 2018 and 2019, from 720 to around 2,000.
The majority of county lines originate from London and the West Midlands but an additional 23 police force areas have reported exporting activity of Class A drugs.