Sheffield man had bags of heroin hidden in his car

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A SHEFFIELD man caught with £900 worth of heroin hidden in his car has been locked up for 16 months.

Yasser Salim was stopped by police on Valentine’s Day as he drove a rented car to Chesterfield.

Derby Crown Court heard police officers who stopped the vehicle smelled cannabis.

When they searched the Ford Fiesta they found nearly an ounce of heroin divided into eight small bags hidden in the central storage console.

The court was told the bags could have been sold on the streets for a total of between £200 and £900.

Alex Wolfson, prosecuting, said that on his arrest, Salim denied knowing the drugs were in the car. But he had £201 in cash on him and his fingerprints were found on one of the bags.

Judge John Burgess told Salim, of Elmham Road, Handsworth: ”Class A drugs cause all sorts of social problems and are an abomination.

“Not only do they wreck the lives of people who take these drugs, but also the lives of people whose properties are invaded by people who steal to buy drugs.

“The courts stamp down on people who are involved in this trade.”

Will Bennett, mitigating for Salim said he had ‘moved’ the drugs for someone who was ‘fairly prominent in the local community’.

He said Salim had been offered £50 to transport the drugs.

Mr Bennett said: ”He very foolishly agreed, slightly under pressure, but with no threats, thinking ‘£50 is easy money.’”

Salim had admitted possessing heroin with intent to supply at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court and sentenced in Derby.