A SECOND-TIME heroin dealer is behind bars for four years after police found a £230 drugs haul at his home in Nelson.
Rashid Javed (pictured) served four years for a similar offence in 2002 and if he does it again will face seven years in jail.
Burnley Crown Court had heard how Javed, who claimed he was trying to reform himself in custody, had fallen back into his old ways of supplying drugs to fund his own addiction and had been selling to people who were already users of the drug.
The defendant (37), of Rutland Street, Nelson, admitted possessing heroin with intent to supply. Javed, who had a record which included robbery and had served long prison stretches before, will not be facing a proceeds of crime hearing.
Mr David Macro (prosecuting) said police executed a warrant at a house three doors down from Javed’s home. They found four wraps of heroin worth £40. He was arrested.
Officers then searched his house and found heroin worth more than £230 on the streets. The drugs were sent off for analysis and were all found to have come from the same batch. The defendant had previously been jailed for supplying heroin.
Mr Simon James, for Javed, said he fell into drugs addiction in emotional turmoil. He had shown maturity in asking to be remanded in custody after he had been arrested and attended court to enter his plea. The barrister added: “He recognised that that is the best tool for addressing the reasons why he has come before the courts again.”
Sentencing, Recorder Anthony Cross said he would be “completely and utterly” failing in his public duty if he did not send Javed, who had an “appalling record”, to jail.
The judge said he had read a letter the defendant had written him, telling him he was trying to reform in jail. He continued: “I accept that must be a difficult thing.”
Recorder Cross told Javed: “I accept this was low level dealing, you were not living a luxurious lifestyle and were generating money to fund your own habit by selling heroin.”