Highly Regarded Man jailed for Dealing High-Purity Cocaine

A young man from Derby who is highly regarded in his community has been jailed for dealing high-purity cocaine.

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“He has brought shame on his family"

Amir Afzal, aged 22, of Normanton, Derby, was jailed for 20 months after he was caught dealing high-purity cocaine.

Derby Crown Court heard he was highly regarded in the community, having raised thousands of pounds for charity.

Katrina Wilson, prosecuting, said police had a reason to stop a car Afzal was driving at around midday on October 6, 2020.

They pulled over the vehicle and told him to step out of the car. Officers asked if he had any drugs on him.

Afzal said they would find Class A drugs in his jacket pocket and they found one large bag of high-purity cocaine and one smaller one of crack cocaine.

Miss Wilson said: “The larger bag contained 55.6g of 71% pure cocaine which had an estimated street value of between £2,980 and £7,450 and the smaller bag was £30 to £50 of crack cocaine.

“Mobile phones and handsets were recovered and on analysis, there were messages on them asking if he was about meaning if he was in the area selling.”

Afzal was arrested and during questioning, he answered “no comment”. He also refused to name those who he was selling for.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

His barrister Laura Pitman said: “In his community standing is particularly important.

“He is the eldest boy in this family, well regarded in the local community and at the mosque where he has undertaken a considerable amount of charity work.

“He has brought real shame on himself and the community was astonished when it learned of his arrest and what it was for.

“He has brought shame on his family so much so that his grandfather still does not know where his grandson is and the family has been able to hide that from him.

“His grandmother refused to initially speak to him because she was so appalled with what he had got himself involved in.

“The only explanation he can give and it is not a good one but an honest one is that from a young age he has always worked and always been able to provide.

“He lost his job at the end of 2019 and that led him to start spending time with those involved in the supply of class A drugs.

“As he puts it, he ‘fell in with the wrong crowd and lost his way’.

“It is a real fall from grace and it is going to take years for him to regain the trust of his community.”

Judge Shaun Smith QC told Afzal: “You are someone who is highly regarded in the community and has raised thousands of pounds for charity.

“You have never been in trouble before and you are described in the references I have read as honest, dependable and a man of integrity.

“All of that has been undone because you taught yourself to deal in Class A drugs.

“Your family’s reputation has significantly suffered and yours has suffered more.

“It is a sad state of affairs and why? Because you lost your job and you spent your time in the community where drug dealing is rife in this city.”

Derby Telegraph reported that Azfal was jailed for 20 months.

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