A gang of dealers who sold drugs from an alleyway in the very street where they all lived in Derby have been jailed for more than eight years.
Brothers Abbas and Hamzah Hussain, together with neighbour Mohammed Aasim were all caught with either heroin, crack cocaine, or cannabis that could have been sold on the streets for more than £6,000.
Cash, digital scales and dealer bags were also discovered in the bedrooms of the Hussain brothers after the elder one, Abbas, jumped out of a window in a bid to escape.
Derby Crown Court heard how moments earlier his younger brother, Hamzah, had crashed his car into a lamppost and Royal Mail van as he too tried to flee.
Then, while they were under investigation for that matter, their friend Aasim was caught with wraps of both crack and heroin in the alleyway in Empress Road, Normanton.
Jailing all three of the men, who are all in their 20s, Recorder Simon King said: “Drugs are corrosive and they play a very large part in undermining our society, especially the young people in our society.
“You have all been involved in drugs, but each of you has also taken the next dangerous step and have started to supply them.”
Sarah Allen, prosecuting, said the first incident took place on January 16, when police pulled over a car being driven by 23-year-old Hamzah Hussain who fled from them and crashed into the lamppost and van in Gerard Street.
She said cocaine, cash, a hammer and three mobile phones were inside the car and officers then went to search his home.
Miss Allen said: “Cannabis, cutting agent, digital scales and £2,880 in cash were found underneath a mattress.
“While searching his bedroom they heard noises coming from another room, Abbas Hussain’s room, and they went in to find he had fled from the first-floor window.
“A search of that room uncovered up to £2,300 of heroin and £2,490 of crack cocaine with a purity of up to 81 per cent.”
The second incident happened on May 21, while the men were under investigation.
Miss Allen said Aasim, 24, was spotted in an alleyway and during a search, officers discovered him to be carrying wraps of heroin and crack cocaine.
She said: “While they were searching him his mobile phone was being constantly run by a contact called ‘Abbs’ who we now know to be Abbas Hussain.
“A second search of the Empress Road address again saw Abbas Hussain jump out of a first floor window.
“He had also thrown various items into a neighbour’s garden.”
Miss Allen said in the bedroom a further £1,480 of heroin and crack cocaine were discovered.
Abbas Hussain, 26, pleaded guilty to three counts of possession with intent to supply drugs and was jailed for four-and-a-half-years.
Emma Hodgson, mitigating, said: “He is aware of the suffering drug supply causes other people.
“He knows he’s facing a long prison sentence and is determined to make a fresh start when he is released from custody.”
Aasim pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply drugs and was jailed for two years and 10 months.
Laura Pitman, his barrister, said: “His father is a taxi driver, his brother is a teacher and his two other siblings are at university so how does he find himself at the back of court?
“He started mixing with the wrong people, started using cannabis, then foolishly took up their offer to try class A drugs.”
And Hamzah Hussain pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, possession of cocaine, possession with intent to supply cannabis and supply of cannabis.
He was jailed for a year and was disqualified from driving for 18 months.
Nicola Hunter, mitigating, said: “At the time of the offence he was out of work and struggling with a prolific cocaine addiction.”