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PremierLeague-News.Com - Cornwall - Two of the men in charge of running it - Mohammed Usman and Tanveer Azam - have been put behind bars
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Two men have been sentenced to years behind bars for their roles in a county lines dealing operation that flooded Cornwall with Class A drugs. Mohammed Usman and Tanveer Azam, both 27, were high up in operating the Ghost Line and were caught after a car they were travelling in was stopped in St Austell. Azam, of Sheffield, and Usman, from Birmingham, both appeared at Truro Crown Court to be sentenced for two counts of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs and possession with intent to supply a Class A drug. Azam pleaded guilty to these offences and Usman was convicted at trial in his absence after fleeing to Pakistan before handing himself in on return. Usman was also found guilty by a jury of possession of a knife. Prosecuting the case, Rachel Drake told the court how a black Seat Leon was stopped in St Austell on January 7, 2020. Two male occupants, driver Usman and passenger Azam, both ran and were chased on foot. Read more: Alcoholic was three times over the limit when he killed biker couple Azam was seen to throw a black object over a wall which was found to be a black Nokia phone. Usman ran into a residential estate and was found standing in a stream. Police returned to the vehicle and seized a number of items including mobile phones, a 24in knife in a case in the driver’s door, more weapons, two sets of scales with heroin and cocaine residue and plastic wraps. When searched Usman was found to have £326.61 cash on him and he refused to provide his phone pin card to police. Azam had a bag containing six wraps of heroin worth £50. Used needles and a tub of Vaseline were also found in the car. Officers then went to an address in Penwithick linked to the defendants, lived in by a woman. More phones were found and examinations of these showed large volumes of texts offering drugs, references to the Ghost Line and also disputes over drug dealing turf. Ms Drake spoke of how Usman has a lengthy list of convictions including for robbery, whereas Azam was more lightly convicted. Representing Usman, Bathsheba Cassel said: “He is sorry for not attending and chose, illegally, to prioritise his family over court. He handed himself in on return. “He was a drug user feeding his own habit and there was an element of pressure and coercion. He has not been in trouble since and in 2021 his family put him in residential rehab in Pakistan. Get breaking news curated by us and delivered to your inbox every day.
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. He has held down a full-time job, got married, had a baby and taken on caring responsibilities for his mother.” Rupert Taylor, for Azam, said: “His family run a successful business and he has moved to live with his older brother. He is employed full-time delivering milk and other products. He works six days a week and starts at 5am. “He is engaged and his family are fully aware of these proceedings. He no longer associates in the same town and two years into the future, things are now very different for him.” Azam was also said to have undertaken a drug detox in Pakistan. Sentencing, Judge Simon Carr said: “This was a county lines operation of a type known and recognised here. You were provided with burner phones and operated the Ghost Line, a single point of contact for those seeking Class A drugs. Both of you are former addicts who were involved in supply as a result of your habit and did so to fund your own habit and make money yourselves. “You were both trusted enough to be on your own down here selling drugs with no minder. There would have been threats of violence but you were both trusted enough to do what you were doing unsupervised.” Judge Carr said he accepted both men have made significant attempts to deal with their addictions before jailing Usman for five years and Azam for three and a half. A police spokesperson said: “Officers conducted a dynamic stop on a vehicle in the St Austell area in January 2020. The two occupants fled the vehicle and following a short foot chase were detained by police. “The officers were able to secure vital evidence which showed involvement in a county lines drug dealing line under the name ‘Ghost’. County lines drug dealing has a detrimental impact on our communities, particularly those most vulnerable and will not be tolerated. “We will work with partner agencies and other forces to share information and we will pursue those who think they can commit crime here. Information reported by the public can help protect our local communities and we encourage anyone who sees anything suspicious to report it to us.” You can report to through our non-emergency channels or, alternatively, you can contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously. For help and advice please go to the force website Devon & Cornwall Police
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