"You know there can only be one sentence for possession of class A drugs of this amount."
College student, Awais Hussain, has been found with over £100K of drugs hidden in his bedroom, including £92K worth of cocaine stashed inside a shoebox.
Hussain lived on Rufus Street in Bradford, and the shoebox of cocaine was found at the bottom of his bed on 21st February 2018.
Within the box, officers discovered two blocks of 90 per cent pure cocaine, which weighed a hefty 2.3kg.
This gave the huge stash of the Class A drug a street value of more than £92,000. As a result, on 19th July 2018, Hussain was jailed for 56 months or nearly five years.
The prosecutor, Alisha Kaye addressed the court and described how the officers had spoken with a nervous Hussain at the time of the discovery.
It is reported that Awais cooperated with the police. He willingly directed them to the location of the drugs in his room.
Alongside the cocaine, officers found a collection of other drugs and drug paraphernalia in a back bedroom. The officers even found one bag of heroin worth £4,600.
In addition to this, they found cash, a set of scales, and glucose which is thought to have been used as a bulking agent for the drugs.
Various collections of cash were also found hidden throughout the property. This includes finding £3,000 of cash in a wardrobe, £1,170 under a mattress, and an additional £800 in a bedroom.
According to the Telegraph and Argus, on his arrest, Hussain reportedly said:
“I am a dead man walking. You might as well sign my death certificate now.”
Despite Hussain’s plea stating that he did not deal drugs on the street, he pleaded guilty to three charges of the possession of class A drugs with an intent to supply.
He added that he was just a “custodian” for the cocaine, but he did admit to being involved in the drugs process as a “bagger”. However, he claimed that he only worked as such “out of fear.”
Miss Kaye described to the court the role that she believes Hussain had in the drugs operation. She said:
“He is more than just a custodian in a lesser role. He is bagging up.”
“He is not just taking a package and handing it back.”
Mr Andrew Dallas, who was defending Hussain, described him to the court as young and compliant with police requests. He added that Hussain had also been of previous good character.
Dallas attempted to show Hussain in a positive light to the court. He said that Hussain, who started at a new college in Autumn 2017, was trying to go on to university.
Hussain wanted to go to university so he could study physiotherapy.
The defence for Hussain continued as Dallas said that Hussain’s peers had described him as “someone who could be of use to them as one of several people they could use to keep their drugs with.”
Dallas added that Hussain was “not an inherent criminal type”, he instead painted the picture that his client had been pulled into the world of drugs.
Addressing the court, Dallas said:
“He must now pay the price for that. He is still a frightened young man. There is two kilograms of cocaine missing.”
Despite the defending argument relying on Hussain’s youth and on the basis that he had been dragged into offending instead of willingly entering, the judge had a different opinion.
Judge Colin Burn said that although Hussain was in his opinion “not a particularly unpleasant or high-profile drug dealer”, the judge still viewed his involvement as more serious than a smaller role.
The judge then spoke to Hussain directly and reportedly said:
“You know there can only be one sentence for possession of class A drugs of this amount.
“When police searched your parent’s address, there was a significant number of packages of drugs, here, there, and everywhere really.
“You will be aware of the fact that these amounts of class A drugs would cause significant misery to a great number of addicts.”
Awais Hussain may not have been a particularly high-up or notorious drug dealer.
However, the consequences of his role in this operation will be felt deeply and widely.
Hussain will now serve a jail sentence of 56 months, which is nearly 5 years in prison.