Man Claimed He Found Drugs In An Alleyway – Jailed

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A MAN caught with a £16,000 stash of drugs stored at his Bradford home has been jailed for two and a half years.

Amir Zakryah’s then address at Kenmore Drive, Wibsey, was searched by the police acting on information, Bradford Crown Court heard.

Officers seized cannabis worth £15,500, along with £546 worth of cocaine, £334 of heroin and £251 of MDMA or Ecstasy.

Prosecutor Paul Nicholson told the court on Tuesday that Zakryah claimed to have found the drugs in an alleyway and taken them home after he saw a car driver pull up and behave suspiciously. He pleaded guilty at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court to possession with intent to supply cannabis, cocaine, heroin and Ecstasy on July 9 last year.

Zakryah denied charges of supplying the drugs and those allegations were dropped by the Crown at the sentencing hearing. Mr Nicholson said that the police discovered latex gloves and digital scales with the cache of drugs. There was also £400 in banknotes at the house.

Zakryah, 28, now of Fairway, Wibsey, had no previous convictions for drugs offences. His only conviction was for dangerous driving when he was jailed for six months by the magistrates in October last year.

Zakryah’s barrister, Mark Brookes, said his client was not at home when the police searched the house.

He went voluntarily to the police station after the drugs were found.

His wife, who was entirely innocent of any wrongdoing, was so angered by the discovery of the drugs stash at her home that she left her husband for a time.

Zakryah was now a father and he worked hard at a takeaway to support his family, Mr Brookes said.

The Recorder of Bradford, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC, praised the work of West Yorkshire Police in uncovering the drugs offences, saying they knew what was going on in the city.

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