Top end drug dealers jailed - Luton

04/09/2013

Two "top end drug dealers" appeared at Luton Crown Court today, Wednesday, 04 September 2013, and were jailed for more than 10 years.

Gulfraz Parvaz and Nikki O'Dell were followed by undercover police after heroin with a street value of between £300,000 and £600,000 was handed over.

Daniel Siong prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) told Luton Crown Court that the officers were watching Parvaz's address in Ingram Gardens in Luton on the evening of 29 May this year. At twenty to seven they saw Parvaz drive off in a BMW 5 series car while O'Dell left in a Ford Transit van.

Parvaz was stopped shortly afterwards on the A6 Barton Road. A bag with cash was found in the BMW. When asked how much money there was, he replied: "£56,000." He was arrested and when the money was counted it was found to be £56,000. The police also recovered £450 from Parvaz and found another £5,000 in his home.

O'Dell's van was stopped on Toddington Road. Two blocks of heroin, weighing 1.98 kilos, were seized. The bags were wrapped in cling film and had been heat sealed. One had been cut open, where O'Dell said he had tested it.

Mr Siong said the heroin, which had a purity of 57 per cent, would normally be bulked up and sold at a strength of around 20 percent. He said this would make 6 kilos of the drug which, if sold in street deals, would net between £300,000 and £600,000. He said: "These are top end drug dealers."

When Parvez was interviewed he gave the police a prepared statement in which he said he borrowed the money from a friend to invest in a fast food business. He said he used O'Dell as a plasterer. O'Dell told the police he owed money to drug dealers in Milton Keynes.

Parvaz, 38, of Kennington Road, Luton and O'Dell, 35, of Sycamore Road, Houghton Regis pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. Parvaz had no previous convictions and O'Dell had five previous convictions for 10 offences.

Toby Long, defending Parvaz, said he was acting under the direction of others and was under pressure. He said the use of his home address indicated a 'lack of sophistication.' For O'Dell, Richard Storey asked for credit for his guilty plea.

Judge Richard Foster jailed Parvez for six years and O'Dell for four years eight months.

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