Heroin dealer ‘deserves jail’

Convicted as part of Operation Mach - Abdi Warsame
Convicted as part of Operation Mach - Abdi Warsame
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A DRUG dealer who sold heroin to undercover police officers in return for ‘glitzy’ designer clothes has been told by top judges he deserves every day of his jail term.

Abdi Razak Warsame, 21, of Hanover Square, Broomhall, Sheffield, was netted as part of South Yorkshire Police’s Operation Mach, designed to tackle rising levels of drug-related crime in the city.

He was jailed for three years at Sheffield Crown Court in April after he admitted supplying heroin and counts of offering to supply cocaine and heroin.

Warsame challenged his jail term at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, with his lawyers arguing it was too long because he only agreed to get drugs because he wanted to buy designer clothes.

His barrister said he offered to buy goods from undercover officers but they made it clear they were only interested in exchanging them for drugs.

But his appeal was dismissed by two of the country’s most senior judges, who said it made ‘no difference’ whether he supplied the drugs in return for ‘glitzy goods’ or cash.

The court heard Warsame approached two undercover police officers in February and asked them about designer clothing they were selling.

The conversation turned to drugs and he gave them his mobile number - saying they could call him 24/7 if they needed any drugs.

Warsame arranged to meet one of the officers outside a school, and later sent a courier along to deliver a wrap of heroin for £20.

They then organised another deal and Warsame personally took two packages to the same officer - but these were later found to contain crushed paracetamol.

Warsame’s lawyers argued his jail term was ‘too long’, saying the undercover officers “weren’t interested” in exchanging goods for cash, but only for drugs.

But, dismissing the appeal, Judge Elgan Edwards QC said there was ‘no distinction’ between selling drugs for cash and exchanging them for clothing.

The judge, sitting with Mr Justice Royce, added: “Drugs were a significant problem in the Sheffield area at the time and large numbers of people were apprehended as a result of this operation.

“Drug dealing causes misery for the addicts, their families and the local community and no-one should underestimate the gravity of supplying drugs.”

The judge added: “This sentence cannot be regarded as either manifestly excessive or wrong in principle - it was indeed not a day too long for this serious involvement in drug supply.”