'My beautiful money': Drug dealer had £775 stuffed into his underwear when he was searched at Leeds police station

A drug dealer was found with £775 stuffed into his underwear as he was arrested by undercover police in Leeds.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 6:08 am

Junade Ashraf was caught after he parked up behind the officers on a street in Headingley.

Leeds Crown Court heard the officers were on North Grange Road when a man walked up to their vehicle at 10.10pm on October 3, 2019.

Ryan Donohue, prosecuting, said the man started to back away once he got close up to the car.

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North Grange Road, Headingley

One of the officers said to the man: "You thought we were selling drugs didn't you?"

The man replied: "Yes, I'm sorry."

He was then told to get inside the vehicle moments before Ashraf drove his Toyota onto the street and parked behind the officers.

The defendant appeared nervous when he was spoken to.

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Ashraf removed cash from his underwear when he was being searched at the station.

As he handed it over he said: "That's my money. My beautiful money."

His home was searched and quantities of MDMA, ketamine and cannabis were recovered from the cellar.

Ashraf told the court he had already been prosecuted over the drugs at his home but his family had "not got around" to disposing of it.

He pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply and possessing a class A and B drug.

During those offences, committed in 2017, he was found in possession of £3,100 in cash and a business card offering to supply 'good food'.

Tayo Dasaolu, mitigating, asked Recorder David Brooke QC to take into account the fact that her client is already serving a lengthy sentence for dealing drugs.

She added that Ashraf pleaded guilty to the offence at an early stage.

Recorder Brooke ordered that Ashraf serve a further six months in addition to the sentence he is in custody for.