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Drug pusher jailed after cop operation

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 25, 2014

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A DRUG pusher caught dealing heroin and cocaine in Burton has been jailed for 43 months - only hours after returning from visiting his daughter.

Stafford Crown Court heard that car dismantler Mikeal Boukhari was arrested by plain clothes police who saw him acting suspiciously while walking down Needwood Street.

Mark Rees, prosecuting, said when the officers got out of their car and rushed towards him, they saw Boukhari drop something over a wall.

After officers recovered the packages, the tissue wrapped package was found to contain nine wraps of heroin and six of cocaine, with a street value totalling more than £200.

The defendant also had £435 in cash and a mobile phone which contained text messages relating to dealing involving cannabis.

Boukhari, 34, of Himley Road, Dudley, admitted possessing heroin and cocaine with intent to supply and possessing a small quantity of cannabis.

In a basis of plea, Boukhari claimed he was in Burton to look at an Audi car he wanted to buy and to see friends he would share the drugs.

But in a trial of issue, his story was rejected by Judge Mark Eades who ruled ‘I am firmly of the view this defendant is a supplier of class A drugs, although not on a large scale’.

The judge told Boukhari: “You have spent most of your life in the twilight zone of illegality.”

Stafford Crown Court heard that Boukhari made no comment when questioned by the police, but in his basis of plea he denied dealing drugs to random members of the public.

Mr Rees said the crown’s case was that he was a small scale commercial drug dealer.

Giving evidence, Boukhari said he had been to Sheffield to see his daughter and on the way back stopped off at Derby to buy the cocaine and heroin.

When he saw the plain clothes officers running towards him, he thought he was going to be robbed, so discarded the drugs.

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