Leeds taxi driver jailed over ‘champagne cocaine’ drug stash

Mohammed Zaman.
Mohammed Zaman.
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A taxi driver turned drug dealer who was caught with high-purity ‘champagne cocaine’ at his home in Leeds has been jailed for more than five years.

Police also found a stun gun and three CS gas cannisters when they searched Mohammed Zaman’s property in the Harehills area of the city.

Leeds Crown Court heard Zaman, 39, was stopped in his car on Woodsley Road, Woodhouse, in the early hours of December 8 2013.

Officers decided to search his car and found a bag containing 18 wraps of cocaine with a purity of 17 per cent.

A further four wraps containing cocaine with a purity of 79 per cent were also discovered. Richard Walters prosecuting said those wraps with a higher purity were worth £400 in total and were referred to as champagne cocaine.

They are aimed at drug users with a higher tolerance of the drug with the means to pay for it.

Zaman’s home was searched and a further 30 wraps of champagne cocaine were found.

Another bag of lower purity cocaine was also found and a small quantity of cannabis. Officers discovered over £5,000 in cash in the property along with a stun gun and three GS gas cannisters. Zaman, now of Cross Flatts Grove, Beeston, pleaded guilty to two offences of possession of cocaine with intent to supply, possession of cannabis, possession of criminal property and four offences of possession of a prohibited weapon.

Andrew Foley, prosecuting, said Zaman was a married father-of-three who had spent most of his life working as a taxi driver.

He said Zaman began selling the drug for others in order to fund his own habit.

Judge Sally Cahill, QC, jailed Zaman for five years and seven months.

She said: “The only real reason you had these weapons was in connection with your drug dealing activities.”