‘Judgement day’ for Derby dealer who enjoyed trappings of criminal lifestyle

A Derby drug dealer enjoyed the “trappings and high lifestyle” his illegal career choice afforded him until they got caught. Now he is tasting Prison for the first time in his life at the age of 26. Derby Crown Court heard how Faid Naif ran a drug den from an address in the city center complete with a press, cutting agents and digital scales.

But after being spotted selling to a known user on the street, he was stopped and he claimed he didn’t have a permanent home. However, when police went to a property that he finally admitted he was linked to they came across his operation.

Jailing him for four and a half years, Judge Shaun Smith QC said: “Faid Naif, you made a lifestyle choice to involve yourself in the sale of class A drugs for two years.

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“You didn’t stop voluntarily, you stopped because you were caught.

“You told them (the police) you didn’t have an address and the reason you told them that is because it was a drugs den, with a press, cutting agent, scales and the like.

“You were knocking out heroin and crack cocaine to users in the area. You enjoyed the trappings of drug dealing and you were happy to carry on while you were getting away with it. Well now the judgment day is here.”

Gurdial Singh, prosecuting, said police on patrol in the Great Northern Road spotted Naif and a woman carry out what officers suspected was a drug deal on January 17 of this year.

They said they stopped the female and on her were found six wraps of drugs – three of heroin and three of crack cocaine. The prosecutor said they then followed the defendant onto Uttoxeter Road, asking him if he had any drugs on him and he replied “yes”.

Mr Singh said: “There were a number of wraps of both brown and white powder and they also recovered a quantity of cash and a set of house keys.

“They gave them a false name of Adam Ali and claimed when they arrested him they didn’t have a permanent address. But after being taken to St Mary’s Wharf police station they gave an address of Drewry Court where the police went.”

The prosecutor said at that address they found “a full scale drug dealing operation” with dealer bags, digital scales, a metal screw press, cutting agent and various wraps of class As.

They said there were 122 of crack cocaine, 30 of heroin and other larger uncut quantities of both.

Mr Singh received the total value of what was discovered was estimated to be worth almost £ 6,000.

Naif, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply heroin, crack cocaine, supplying both drugs, possession of criminal property and possession of cannabis.

Imran Majid, his barrister, said: “It is easy to say now that he has been caught he feels shame.

“But it is not just the shame he brings upon himself, it is the shame he brings is his family and for that he is terribly sorry.

“It became a lifestyle choice for him for the last couple of years and he is someone who fell into a bad crowd and ended up living a high lifestyle. On release he wants to return to an ordinary lifestyle.”

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