Newlywed jailed after shoebox discovery as bedroom turned upside down

Newlywed Armaan Khan has been jailed after police found class A drugs in his bedroom
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A newly married Bradford man is beginning a prison sentence of more than two years after police found a stash of crack cocaine worth nearly £3,500 in his bedroom.

Solicitor advocate Andrew Walker told Bradford Crown Court that his client Armaan Khan, 21, had only been married for a month, but on Thursday he was jailed for drugs offending dating back to June 2022.

Prosecutor Rhianydd Clement told the court that police officers went to Khan’s home in Grisedale Close and found two bags of the Class A drugs in a shoe box during a search of his bedroom. They also seized a mobile phone which later revealed messages linking Khan to low-level street dealing.

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Ms Clement said the crack cocaine amounted to 48.3g with a street value of £3,450. She said the phone evidence showed that Khan was directing another individual as well as being directed himself. Khan, who had no previous convictions for drugs offending, initially told police he had found the shoebox in the street the day before his arrest.

In May this year Khan pleaded guilty to possessing the crack cocaine with intent to supply and Judge Colin Burn sentenced him to 27 months in prison. Mr Walker told the court Khan only turned 19 a few days before he was detained by police and there was evidence that his client had been in debt through his own cannabis use.

He submitted that Khan had tried to sort out his situation legitimately by applying for a bank loan, but when it was refused he was drawn into the offending. Mr Walker urged Judge Burn to consider reducing the jail term to a level which could be suspended, but he said suspending the sentence would not be appropriate.

Judge Burn said it had been “organised”, even if relatively low level, dealing in a crack cocaine which was “highly addictive and corrosive." The judge explained that Khan would have been jailed for four years following a trial, but he had reduced that term to 27 months to take account of the delay in the case getting to court, Khan’s age at the time and his guilty plea.

“You are quite clear in the pre-sentence report and it is obvious from the evidence in the case that you came into this with your eyes open,” the judge told Khan.