Man sentenced for running 'Manchester Gas Man' business

13/11/2017

A drug dealer nicknamed "Manchester Gas Man"has been sentenced after admitting selling nitrous oxide to students.

Zubair Iftikhar, 31, was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court today (13 November) after admitting possession of over 40,000 units of nitrous oxide with intent to supply at the same court earlier in August this year.

He was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months. He was also given a community order with a requirement to complete 220 hours unpaid work.

Greater Manchester police executed a search warrant at Iftikhar's home in Fallowfield, Manchester on 26 January.

Officers found 41,400 Nitrous Oxide canisters inside boxes at the house and also found a further 6,500 canisters in his car on 10 February. 

Officers also found printed business cards, plastic bags and hooded tops advertising his illegal business with the moniker 'Manchester Gas Man'.

Iftikhar was subsequently arrested and charged.

Nitrous oxide was banned under Psychoactive Substances Act 2016.

Brett Gerrity for the CPS said: "Zubair Iftikar was dealing in large amounts of nitrous oxide from his home which was situated in the centre of Manchester University student accommodation.

"Even after the change in legislation he sold the drugs to local students.  He had tens of thousands of canisters in his house and car as well as promotional items advertising them. 

"He initially denied that he had continued to sell the canisters after the law had changed but once faced with the overwhelming evidence against him, he pleaded guilty to the charges he faced."

NOTES FOR EDITORS

  • Zubair Iftikhar (dob 17/06/1986) admitted two counts of possessing a psychoactive substance with intent to supply in August 2017
  • Brett Gerrity is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for the North West