Man staying at Travelodge in Keighley was supplying cocaine


A MAN who had been staying in a lodge room for a number of months has been jailed for bagging up and supplying cocaine.

Shahid Saleem, 45, of Clifton Road, Keighley, had been staying on the Travelodge in Keighley when police raided his room.

They discovered cocaine and different gadgets together with notebooks in his room. Financial institution notes and financial institution playing cards had been additionally discovered, together with three cellphones.

The cellphones seized from Saleem featured quite a lot of messages which linked him to drug dealing, Glenn Parsons, prosecuting, instructed the court docket. The telephone additionally revealed Saleem was conducting drug offers in Keighley and Skipton.

A complete of 10 financial institution playing cards and 4 driving licences had been discovered underneath the solar visor of his Peugeot 308 which was parked in a disabled bay within the lodge automotive park. Notebooks that had been found additionally contained particulars of drug offers.

Cocaine with a complete worth of £921.24 was discovered within the raid on Saleem’s lodge room on January 4, 2019. He had been staying on the similar lodge since September 2018.

Saleem was jailed for 2 years and eight months for possession with intent to provide a managed drug of sophistication A – cocaine.

In mitigation, the court docket heard Saleem was hooked on cocaine when the medication had been present in 2019. He was bagging up and promoting the medication to repay a drug debt, Bradford Crown Court docket heard.

His mitigating counsel stated: “He owed a big amount of cash from his drug debt. He was a every day person of cocaine.

“There was a big change in his life since January 2019.

“He not drinks or makes use of medication. That was the basis downside that acquired him into offending.

“He has confirmed during the last three-and-a-half years that he’s able to main a law-abiding and constructive life.”

In July 2009, Saleem was jailed for 4 years when a jury convicted him of possessing heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine with intent to provide. He pleaded responsible to possession of GHB and amphetamine.

Decide Colin Burn instructed Saleem: “You had been within the Travelodge in Keighley and had been there for just a few months, bagging and distributing class A medication.

“You had been holding onto driving licences as collateral in assortment of money owed.

“You understood the place you had been in and, on the time, you had been taking class A medication your self.

“Your loved ones circumstances have modified quite a bit because you dedicated these offences.”

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