Dealer dumped cannabis on roof of takeaway as he fled police raid at a house in Harehills

A dealer dumped around £800 worth of cannabis on the roof of a takeaway restaurant as he tried to flee when police raided a house where he was selling the class B drug.

By Tony Gardner
Wednesday, 13th April 2022, 4:53 pm
Updated Wednesday, 13th April 2022, 4:56 pm

Arfan Karimi was arrested when West Yorkshire Police officers executed a search warrant at a house on Bayswater Terrace, Harehills, Leeds.

Ian Cook, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court that the three-storey house overlooked a takeaway next door.

Officers went to the property on June 3, 2019.

Cannabis dealer Arfan Karimi was arrested when police raided a house on Bayswater Terrace, Harehills.

Mr Cook said the house had a camera placed outside so people inside could see anyone approaching.

Karimi was arrested as he left a living room on the first floor.

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The room was searched and £180 in cash was found under a cushion.

Five bags of cannabis were then found under a sofa.

Mr Cook said the curtains in the room were closed.

When officers opened them they saw two black bags on the roof of the takeaway below.

The bags contained smaller bags of cannabis with a street value of around £840.

Karimi, 27, of Conway Place, Harehills denied that the cannabis was his when he was questioned and claimed it belonged to a friend.

He later pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply and possession of criminal property.

Soheil Khan, mitigating, said Karimi has no previous convictions and pleaded guilty to the offences at an early stage.

Mr Khan said his client had not been in trouble in nearly three years since the incident.

Recorder Andrew Latimer gave Karimi a 46-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, plus 200 hours of unpaid work.