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Drug dealer jailed for flouting order with pakistan trip

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 27, 2012

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A CONVICTED drug dealer who fled to Pakistan without telling the authorities has been jailed for 10 months.

Abil Mahmood, 19, was given a suspended prison sentence earlier this year after drugs worth more than £1,000 were discovered at his home in Burton.

He was also ordered to complete 40 hours of unpaid community work and undergo drug rehabilitation, but he vanished to Pakistan instead of serving the sentence, claiming he was visiting his sick grandmother.

Asking for his suspended jail term to be activated, prosecutor Simon Phillips said: “He has not co-operated with the probation service at all. The probation service feel they can no longer maintain any constructive liaison with him.”

Mahmood was hauled before Stafford Crown Court in February after he was caught in Princess Street, Burton, on October 25 last year with a cannabis joint in his pocket.

Fifty-one grams of methedrone worth £750 and 178 tablets of ecstasy-like drug TFMPP worth £286 were discovered during a subsequent raid on his home.

Mr Phillips added that despite being given a suspended sentence, Mahmood had not co-operated with the order and had gone to Pakistan and was arrested on his return.

Ian Speed, defending, said Mahmood had received the suspended sentence after spending four months in custody between his arrest and sentencing.

He went to Pakistan in July because his grandmother was having an eye operation and remained there, Coventry Crown Court was told.

Mr Speed said: “He accepts he has not done any of the unpaid work and has not attended for the drug rehabilitation requirement. He accepts he has been totally stupid and he knows he has blown his chance.”

But Mr Speed claimed that while in Pakistan Mahmood had been drug-free because he was staying with relatives.

Activating the 40-week suspended jail sentence, Judge Alan Parker told Mahmood: “I have no doubt that if Judge Eades had known your response to the order was to be as lamentable as it was, he would have sentenced you to a term of imprisonment in excess of 12 months.”

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