Drug dealing brothers jailed - St Albans

25/01/2016

Two St Albans brothers, who dealt cocaine to feed their drugs habits, have been disowned by their mother and father, a court heard today, Monday, 25 January 2016.

The parents of Uzzal Miah, aged 28, and Afzal Miah, aged 25, feared they would lose their home in Dellfield following the police raid on 15 October last year. Officers went to the address after Uzzal's fingerprint was found on a drug wrap at another address, St Albans Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Oliver Doherty said that in Uzzal's room they found two safes. He gave the police access to one safe, which contained £3,094 cash and some jewellery. He said the other safe belonged to an associate. A locksmith was called and 58.46 grams of cocaine with a high purity of 80 per cent was found inside along with a cutting agent. A knuckle duster, some brown powder cutting agent and two telephones were also recovered.

When the police searched Afzal's room, £5250 was found in a safe. His BMW was searched and, in the central console, 10 grams of cocaine with 84 per cent purity was discovered. Another wrap of cocaine was in the glove box.

The brothers, from Dellfield, St Albans, pleaded guilty, via a prison link from Bedford jail, to possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply. Afzal had 5 convictions for 8 offences, including supplying cocaine. Uzzal had 6 convictions for 11 offences, including an offence of possessing cocaine.

Andel Singh for Afzal Miah said: "He has a serious addiction to cocaine. He has been taking it since he was 16. He was selling the drugs to pay for his addiction. Drugs have split his family apart. His parents want nothing to do with him. They could not put up with it any more." He said Afzal was undertaking courses in prison to become an electrician.

For Uzzal Miah, Hesham Puri said: "He accepts he was selling drugs on a modest scale to support his habit. He is remorseful for his behaviour. He comes from a respectable family with 7 siblings - two are at university." Mr Puri said Uzzal hopes to put this offending behind him and to also become an electrician.

Judge Andrew Bright QC told them they were in serious trouble, but said he would give them substantial credit for their early guilty pleas. He jailed Uzzal for 3 years and Afzal for 3 years 4 months.

Proceeds of crime hearings will take place at a later date.

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