Man jailed for drug supply operation - Luton

20/11/2014

A man, who pulled up in a car park late at night to smoke a 'joint' aroused the suspicions of police, who then searched his car and found over £800,000 worth of hard drugs.

It proved a costly smoke for Forhadul Islam, who was part of a drug supply operation, and on Thursday, 20 November 2014, he was jailed for six years.

At Luton Crown Court, Judge Michael Kay ordered that the cocaine and heroin found by the police in a suitcase in the boot of Islam's car be destroyed.

Islam, aged 24, of Ash Road in Luton, who is the manager of an ice cream parlour, pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.

Douglas Page, prosecuting, said it was in the early hours of 19 September this year when Islam drove his blue Vauxhall Astra into a car park off Telford Way in Luton and lit up a joint. He had with him in the vehicle two kilograms of high purity cocaine and one-and-a-half kilograms of heroin stashed in a locked suitcase in the boot.

He was still smoking his joint when police, on a routine patrol of the town, drove into the car park and smelt the tell-tale smell of cannabis coming from the Astra. They decided to search the car and moments later the suit case was opened to reveal its haul. Told he was being arrested Islam replied: "That's not mine."

Judge Kay was told that the cocaine and heroin hadn't yet been cut, but had that happened, the haul had a street value of £820,800.

Daniel Murray, defending, said Islam, who graduated from the University of Bedfordshire this year with a BA in Business Management, had got involved in the murky world of drug supply after his Vauxhall worker dad died last year.

The court was told he had felt under pressure as the breadwinner to provide for his family, but now felt remorse and shame for what he'd done.

Passing sentence, Judge Kay told Islam he must have had the "trust" of those higher up in the chain of command to have been given the drugs to deliver to others. He jailed him for six years.

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