Sheffield man who was looking after cocaine for someone else gets suspended jail sentence

A fearful drug-offender who was caught with cocaine with intent to supply has been given a suspended prison sentence after he had been looking after the drugs for another man.

Monday, 23rd November 2020, 3:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th November 2020, 7:48 am

Mohammed Luqmaan, aged 20, of Larkin Grove, near Sheffield Lane Top, Sheffield, was caught with the drugs after police raided his home, according to a Sheffield Crown Court hearing.

Gordon Stables, prosecuting, told the hearing on November 17 police attended Luqmaan’s home and the defendant locked himself in the bathroom where he dismantled a mobile phone and concealed a SIM card and put the drugs between his buttocks and placed other drugs in a bin.

Mr Stables added police recovered the drugs during the raid on April 27 as well as two sets of weighing scales and a mobile phone which revealed call patterns made from kiosks in the Sharrow area of Sheffield.

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Sheffield Crown Court, pictured, heard how a fearful drug-offender who had been looking after cocaine for someone else has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Luqmaan, who has previous convictions and has been remanded in custody, pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply on the basis he had been asked to hold the drugs for a third party.

Mr Stables added that this third party, who was only known by a nickname, had previously shot the defendant and had threatened that he would be shot again if he did not do what he was told.

Ian Goldsack, defending, told Judge Sarah Wright: “Your honour is dealing with a still very young man of 19 years of age who has experienced for the first time a custodial setting and has done so for a period of seven months at a time with very restrictive regimes because of Covid limitations.”

Judge Wright told Luqmaan: “You were looking after drugs for another man and I accept you committed this offence out of fear.”

She added: “You are a vulnerable young man who is susceptible to pressure from others and I consider with assistance you may be able to put these matters behind you and live a law-abiding life.”

Judge Wright sentenced Luqmaan to 18 months of custody suspended for two years with a 20-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and a two-month curfew.

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