A Bradford county lines drug dealer who brought cocaine and heroin into Skipton has been given a two-year suspended jail sentence.
Shamraze Ul-Hassain, 30, of Freshfield Gardens, Bradford, must also take part in a nine-month drug treatment programme and report to court every month when his suspended sentence will be reviewed.
Ul-Hassan was arrested in Skipton in February 2019 when officers seized a package of drugs that had been dropped on the floor at a sports centre in Skipton . Enquiries led officers to arrest Ul-Hassan when they seized £377 in cash and a mobile phone. During a search of Ul-Hassan’s Bradford home, officers recovered £555 cash and suspected drugs paraphernalia.
After initially pleading not guilty to four charges, on 23 February 2021, he changed his plea to guilty in relation to two counts of possessing crack cocaine with intent to supply and two counts of possessing heroin with intent to supply. He was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on 8 April 2021.
Members of the public can help the police to disrupt drug dealers by calling in information. No matter how small that piece of information is, it could help to build a bigger picture. To report drug dealing in your area of if you suspect someone is being exploited, call North Yorkshire Police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Always call 999 in an emergency.
Spot the signs
Signs your neighbour or someone you know might be exploited in what is known as “cuckooing”
- Increased callers at a property
• Increase in cars pulling up for short periods of time
• Different accents at a property
• Increased antisocial behaviour at a property
• Not seeing the resident for long periods of time
• Unfamiliar vehicles at the property
• Windows covered or curtains closed for long periods
• Communal doors propped open
Please also look out for the signs that a young person you know might be exploited by drug dealers:
- Persistently going missing from school or home and / or being found out-of-area;
• Unexplained money, clothes, or mobile phones
• Excessive receipt of texts / phone calls
• Relationships with controlling / older individuals or groups
• Leaving home / care without explanation
• Suspicion of physical assault / unexplained injuries
• Carrying weapons
• Significant decline in school results / performance
• Gang association or isolation from peers or social networks
• Self-harm or significant changes in emotional well-being
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