A BOROUGH drug dealer who kept £200,000 worth of heroin and crack cocaine stuffed in a ‘Celebrations’ chocolate box has been jailed for four years.
Officers found the sinister treat tin on top of Naqash Mumtaz’s fridge when they stormed his Hobs Moat Road home during an early morning raid.
Specialist search teams were called to carry out a thorough examination of the property and tasked with weeding out any cunning hiding places drugs could be stashed.
But they discovered that the brazen dealer conducted his Class A transactions from a ‘Celebrations’ chocolate box kept on open view in his kitchen.
Mumtaz, 22, was charged with drugs possession with intent to supply, admitted the offence, and at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday March 14 was sentenced to four years in prison.
Det Sgt Andy O’Keeffe said: “Mumtaz was clearly confident he could deal drugs openly inside his house and made no effort to conceal the heroin and cocaine.
“He wasn’t expecting a knock at the door from police ? but when we did come knocking raid officers smashed the door open and moved in swiftly before he could try to dispose of the heroin and other evidence.
“Community concerns were raised about his activity with suspicions that he may be involved with drug supply fed into police intelligence systems.”
Officers acting on that local intelligence gave Mumtaz a rude awakening when they rushed his Hobs Moat home just before 6am on January 30.
A ‘significant quantity’ of white powder was seized from the address and sent off for analysis. Mumtaz was charged after tests confirmed the substance was drugs
Det Sgt O’Keeffe added: “It’s a very significant seizure…one of the biggest we’ve had in Solihull in recent years.”