A TEENAGE student was caught red-handed as he dealt heroin and crack cocaine on the streets of Leeds in a bid to fund his education.
Ahsan Kabir, 18, was arrested by a police officer who became suspicious after spotting a group of drug users acting suspiciously in the Lincoln Green area of the city.
The officer followed the group after one of them said “he’s here” before walking towards a tower block on Naseby Grange.
The group walked into the flats and Kabir appeared ten minutes later and went into the building.
Kabir was arrested as he left the flats and admitted that he had drugs hidden in his waistband.
Richard Walters, prosecuting, said Kabir was in possession of heroin and crack cocaine worth £45. Kabir also had £265 in cash.
His mobile phone was seized and found to contain text messages relating to drug deals.
Kabir, of Roundhay Grove, Chapeltown, Leeds, pleaded guilty to two offences of possession of a class A drug with intent to supply.
Simon Alexander, mitigating, said Kabir was 17 at the time of the offence, on July 15 this year.
He said Kabir became involved as he needed money to fund his college course in mechanics but was unable to obtain benefits.
Mr Alexander said: “He was trying to fund his course and was presented with an opportunity of doing this.
“Stupidly and foolishly, for a relatively small amount of money over a short period of time, he got involved in a job as a runner for dealers far higher up the chain.”
Mr Alexander said Kabir had no previous convictions and came from a supportive family who would not tolerate his offending.
Kabir was given a 16 months sentence in a young offenders institution, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work.
Recorder Anil Murray said: “It is a terrible shame to see someone like you here. “