10th Dec, 2016

Coventry man jailed for drug dealing

Coventry Editorial 19th Jan, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A COVENTRY man caught selling heroin and crack cocaine from a hired car used as a ‘mobile shop’ has been jailed for three years.

Isnan Qumar (24) of Dovedale Avenue, Longford, had pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to possessing the two class A drugs and some cannabis with intent to supply them.

Prosecutor Amy Jacobs said that in the early hours of May 22 last year police in Rugby saw a Peugeot 208 acting suspiciously.

It was repeatedly moving a short distance in Hollowell Way in Brownsover, stopping and moving off again, so they decided to pull it over.

Qumar got out and was searched. When they searched the hired Peugeot, they found a brown leather bag containing three £10 bags of cannabis, and £341 in cash.

Under the driver’s seat, they recovered a blue cloth bag with a number of wraps of class A drugs in it.

There were 27 £10 street-deal wraps of crack cocaine and 16 wraps containing various amount sof heroin worth a further £510.

On Qumar’s phone were texts relating to street dealing in drugs, although he denied any knowledge of the drugs in the car, added Miss Jacobs.

The court heard Qumar had previous convictions including drugs offences and a robbery.

Talbir Singh, defending, said last year Qumar was in an acrimonious end to a relationship, and during a dispute over child contact it emerged the child was not his.

“That led to him escalating his drug use, and he spent the vast majority of his time in what he described as crack houses. He had a very, very high usage, and that’s how he became embroiled in dealing.”

Mr Singh added that the Peugeot had not been hired by Qumar, and the profit he made from his dealing from the ‘mobile shop’ would have been passed back to others.

Jailing Qumar, Judge Sylvia de Bertodano told him: “You are here because you were stopped by the police and they found class A and class B drugs in your car, wrapped for street sale.

“You know that class A drugs ruin lives, because they’re beginning to ruin your life. People who make them available on the street go to prison.”