Three Nottingham men who dealt drugs across the city have been jailed for a total of five and a half years after they were caught out by a routine traffic stop.
Wasim Akbar, 18, of Baldwin Court, Radford, and Aqueeb Hussain, 19, of Grant Street, Radford, were sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday, October 17.
Asad Asif, 23, of Eskdale Drive, Aspley, was also sentenced. The trio had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.
The court heard the men were stopped in a car off Ilkeston Road at about 12.20am on Sunday 9 March 2014 after officers saw them acting suspiciously.
The car smelt strongly of cannabis and a search was carried out. All three were in possession of large amounts of cash and three wraps of MDMA powder were found in the roof lining of the car. They were then arrested.
Subsequent searches of a car registered to Akbar and a property linked to Hussain revealed 250g of MDMA, some cannabis, business cards and the trappings of a drug dealing business.
Evidence on the phones seized showed that they were supplying drugs across the city of Nottingham, The Meadows, Radford, Beeston and Wollaton.
All three were convicted of possession with intent to supply MDMA.
Akbar was sentenced to two years in a Young Offenders Institute. Asif was sentenced to 18 months in jail. Hussain was sentenced to two years in prison. He was also convicted of supplying and possession of cannabis and sentenced to a further one year one month to run concurrently.
PC Tom Andrews said:
“This result came about as a result of a routine traffic stop, which led to the occupants being stopped and searched.
“Stop and search is a contentious issue, but this shows that if used correctly it can have a beneficial outcome for our communities.
“In this case three drug dealers have been given significant custodial sentences, taking them and their drugs off the streets of Nottingham.
“Akbar stated that an addiction to cannabis and a debt to a drug dealer had led to his involvement. This shows that any drug can, and does, lead on to more serious criminality.”
The profits of the three men’s crimes will be recovered from them and reinvested into the community through the Proceeds of Crime Act.