18th Dec, 2017

Drug dealer who was smuggled out of Afghanistan when he was a child jailed

Editorial Correspondent 14th Sep, 2017 Updated: 14th Sep, 2017

THE SON of a murdered Afghan policeman, who was smuggled out of the country when he was just nine years-old, has been jailed for drug dealing.

Ali Nadiri was caught dealing in crack cocaine in March, and then dealing from his home in Leamington four months later, Warwick Crown Court has heard.

Nadiri, age 20 of Leam Terrace, was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply and possessing heroin.

Prosecutor Ian Speed said: “In March police officers saw what they believed to be a drug deal in the making.

“They saw a person they knew to be a drug addict whistling up to the window of a flat in High Street in Leamington, and saw Mr Nadiri in the window beckoning down.”

The two disappeared from view, and when the officers went into a communal hallway and saw them, Nadiri discarded 14 wraps of crack onto the floor.

He was arrested, and on him he also had a small amount of heroin for personal use.

The officers went into the flat, where he was staying at the time, and found a six-gram block of crack in a jacket.

But Mr Speed said the jacket belonged to someone known to the police, and it was not alleged Nadiri was involved with the crack found in it.

Nadiri was on bail at the time over an allegation of robbery, which was dropped after he pleaded guilty to the drugs charges, but he was again granted bail.

Then in July the police executed a drugs warrant at his home in Leam Terrace.

Nadiri was searched, and in his hand he had 35 wraps of heroin worth £350, said Mr Speed.

He added that Nadiri was originally from Afghanistan, and there are deportation proceedings against him.

Rashad Mohammed, defending, said Nadiri was a user of class A drugs, and was buying them to use and to sell to fund his own addiction.

He said: “He was born in Afghanistan, and at the age of nine he was sent out of the country by his mother.

“His father was a police officer who was seized by the Taliban and murdered.  His mother got word that they were going to come and take him away, and she arranged through an agent for him to be taken to Iran, where he remained until he was 13 or 14.

“In Iran, he managed to find employment stitching suits, and he used the money he earned, with the help of others, to travel to Europe.

“He arrived in a lorry and made an application for asylum, which was refused, and he’s appealed that decision.  He has received a letter while in custody to say he will be deported at the conclusion of this, but the question is ‘Where to?’

“He would like to go back to Afghanistan, but he doesn’t know where he lives. All he knows is that it was a remote village, and he doesn’t know whether his mother is alive or not.”

Jailing Nadiri, Judge Stephen Eyre QC told him: “I accept you have had a life which has involved real difficulty.

“But you are in this country seeking asylum, seeking the protection and hospitality of the British people – and while you were here, saying you wanted that protection, you have repeatedly broken the law.

“I accept you are yourself a drug addict, and that you were dealing in drugs so as to get money to pay for your drugs and to pay for other living expenses – but this is street dealing in class A drugs.”

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