A long-term drug user was caught with heroin and crack cocaine deals in Wakefield after he agreed to supply drugs to pay off his own debts.
Police tried to stop Rizwan Attaullah when they saw him in a hire car in the Lupset area on July 3, but he drove off along a couple of streets before his path was blocked by an oncoming vehicle.
Patrick Gallagher prosecuting told Leeds Crown Court that Attaullah collided with a parked vehicle.
He was arrested after a short struggle and was seen to throw a package under the vehicle he had collided with. When it was recovered it was found to contain 41 deals of heroin with a street value of £309.50 and 43 crack cocaine deals worth £597. While officers were dealing with Attaullah a mobile phone found in the car rang and the caller asked for “one brown, one white” suggesting they meet at the usual place. Anastasis Tassou representing Attaullah said he had begun using cannabis while still at school aged 14 or 15 and had progressed to harder drugs. He had gradually built up drug debts and when he owed around £2,000 it was suggested to him he could work off his debt by dealing the drugs and he agreed.
“Those higher up the chain use people who have few options available to them to do their dirty work for them and Rizwan Attaullah falls within that category. He has been taken advantage of because of the situation which he knows is of his own making.” Attaullah, 22 of Jeremy Lane, Heckmondwike, was jailed for three years after he admitted possession of the drugs with intent to supply, driving while disqualified, without due care and attention and without insurance.
The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC said his position was aggravated by his having a previous conviction and sentence in 2012 for possessing cannabis with intent to supply.