Takeaway Worker caught with 92 Wraps of Class A Drugs

Police officers caught a takeaway worker who was in possession of 92 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine on a street in Bradford.

Takeaway Worker caught with 92 Wraps of Class A Drugs f

Rashid had been looking after the drugs.

Asif Rashid, aged 38, of Hyde Park, Halifax, was jailed for 18 months for drug offences. The takeaway worker was caught with 92 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine on a Bradford street.

Bradford Crown Court heard that Rashid was stopped by police officers in Nuttall Street, Bradford, at 9:15 pm on April 24, 2020.

He had been driving while disqualified and uninsured.

When his vehicle was stopped by officers, a woman got out with 92 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine in a leather bag.

The court heard that there was also £131 in cash in the car.

Rashid told police that he was holding the drugs for someone else in return for being given heroin.

He pleaded guilty to two charges of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, driving while disqualified and driving while uninsured.

Louise Pryke, prosecuting, said that Rashid had nine previous convictions for 26 offences including robbery, dangerous driving and driving over the prescribed limit, and possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

Frances Pencheon, defending, said that Rashid had been looking after the drugs. They did not belong to him.

He had bought the car two days before he was stopped. Miss Pencheon said he had kept out of trouble for four years.

Since being remanded in custody, Rashid had undergone “cold turkey” to deprive himself off Class A drugs.

Although he had taken cannabis previously, he only became involved with heroin for a couple of months before his arrest.

Rashid had been in a relationship with his partner for three years and she was expecting their first child. He was building a new life for them.

Miss Pencheon said that her client was working in a takeaway until the UK lockdown. At the time of his arrest, he had been offered a job with Morrisons supermarket.

He was a primary carer for his ill mother who was particularly vulnerable during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Miss Pencheon urged the court to consider suspending Rashid’s sentence because of the mitigating circumstances and the Covid-19 situation.

However, Judge Jonathan Gibson said that the drugs offences were too serious.

He said it would “send out the wrong message” if the takeaway worker was not sent to prison immediately.

Rashid had been looking after the heroin in the expectation of gain in the form of free drugs.

On May 18, 2020, Rashid was sentenced to 18 months in prison via a video link to HMP Doncaster.

A proceeds of Crime Application has been set to recover any assets Rashid had amassed from the drugs offences.

Dhiren is a journalism graduate with a passion for gaming, watching films and sports. He also enjoys cooking from time to time. His motto is to “Live life one day at a time.”


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