A DRUG dealer caught with two shotguns and half a million pounds in cash in his garage has lost an appeal against his hefty prison sentence.
Shamraze Khan Bashir, aged 31, of Norwood Road, Fir Vale, Sheffield, was sawing off a shotgun when police raided the detached garage at his home in November 2008.
He admitted money laundering and dealing Class A drugs, and possessing and shortening the two firearms and was jailed for 16 years at Sheffield Crown Court in August 2009.
Nearly three years on, his case reached the Court of Appeal in London. But three senior judges said there was nothing wrong with a long sentence for such a serious crime.
Mr Justice Globe said Bashir had served a five-year sentence in relation to a kilo of pure heroin and was only out of prison for a few months before he was in trouble again.
When armed police arrived they heard the sound of sawing and found Bashir inside. They found a swan-off shotgun, with its stock on a bench nearby, as well as cash and a hydraulic press used to compress drugs.
Bashir admitted shortening the shotgun but said he was doing it for someone else. He claimed he had been forced into the crime.
Sentencing him, the crown court judge said he believed Bashir had pressed a quantity of heroin and transferred it to a purchaser for £500,000, which he then bagged up.
Mr Justice Globe said Bashir was ‘a very important and trusted man in the hub of a serious crime ring’, who was ‘pressing large quantities of heroin in respect of which someone would be prepared to pay half a million pounds’.
“It is wholly unrealistic to suppose the shortening of the shotgun was being done for any lawful purpose,” he added.