Normacot go-slow driver Zulfiqar Younis was hiding drugs in car
A DRUG user pulled over by police in a routine vehicle check has been jailed after officers found heroin in his car.
Officers stopped Zulfiqar Younis's Toyota Avensis in a traffic operation in Victoria Road, Fenton, on March 4.
They asked Younis to drive to Cromer Road highways depot in Northwood for his vehicle to be checked over – only to become suspicious when the 22-year-old started to drive very slowly.
And once in Northwood police found heroin hidden inside the car by the defendant during the journey.
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Now Younis, of Argyll Street, Normacot, has been jailed for 16 months.
David Bennett, prosecuting, told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court: "During the course of the investigation of the car, officers noticed the door trim had been tampered with.
"Behind the trim police found a plastic bag containing brown powder, which was 13.8g of heroin with 21 per cent purity, valued at between £400 and £920.
"Behind the car stereo they found two bags of brown powder. It was 26.8g of heroin valued at between £800 and £1,790."
Three plastic bags containing £1,095, two mobile phones, a metal bar and a £30 package containing heroin and cocaine were also found.
Mr Bennett added: "The heroin was all from the same batch.
"The total street value of the drugs was £1,230 to £2,740.
"One of the mobile phones had a text message from a known drug user on it."
Younis, who had no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to possessing heroin with intent to supply, on the basis he was storing the drugs for someone else.
He also admitted possession of cocaine.
Richard Oldroyd, mitigating, said: "During the six months before he was arrested he developed a cocaine habit, and come into contact with people who supplied drugs.
"He accepts, through stupidity and financial pressure, he agreed to store these drugs.
"He has no previous convictions or cautions whatsoever. Before last year this person was a hard-working young man who lived nothing but an industrious and useful life."
Jailing Younis yesterday, Judge Granville Styler said: "Your downfall has sadly been cocaine, and as a result you have got yourself into this mess.
"People who are custodians of drugs for dealers are an important link in the chain which causes misery to so many people. Because this was a Class A drug a sentence of imprisonment is inevitable."
The court heard Younis had benefited by £4,230 from his crimes – but his available assets amounted to £1,490.
Judge Styler imposed a confiscation order of £1,490 under the Proceeds of Crime Act. A destruction order was made for the seized drugs.