Sheffield drug dealer behind bars for over seven years

Date published: 15 May 2018 14:35
Dated: 15 May 2018 15:11:17

A 22-year-old man dealing heroin and crack cocaine on the streets of Sheffield has been locked up for 92-months after he entered guilty pleas to a string of drug and driving offences.

Tarek Azimeh was parked on Grimesthorpe Road in Burngreave, in a sliver Vauxhall Astra on Wednesday, 5 October 2016. Officers had been alerted to the vehicle, and on approaching, the front seat passenger ran from the car, leaving the driver Azimeh, who was searched by police.

He was found to have £800 in cash on him, and on searching the vehicle, 42 wraps of crack cocaine and 28 wraps of heroin were discovered in the centre console, with a combined street value of over £700.

He was arrested and later charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs (namely crack cocaine and heroin)

Azimeh, believing he was above the law, continued dealing drugs whilst on bail, however on Wednesday, 4 April 2017, he was again arrested from a silver Mini parked on Errington Avenue in Arbourthorne.

He was found to be in possession of a small amount of cannabis, but under the passenger seat of the car, nine wraps of crack cocaine and ten wraps of heroin were discovered wrapped in cling film, with an approximate street value of £190.

He was later charged with another two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs (namely crack cocaine and heroin).

Azimeh, of Edward Street, Sheffield was also charged with a string of driving offences including dangerous driving, drug driving, driving without a licence and driving without insurance.

He entered a guilty plea to all the charges and was sentenced on Wednesday, 9 May to seven years and eight months in prison.

PC Gareth Webb who investigated the drugs offences said: “The four Tasking Teams in Sheffield have been conducting various proactive operations in and around Burngreave, targeting individuals and criminality in the area.

“As a result of an extensive investigation, Azimeh is now behind bars, which is exactly where he should be, for dealing illegal and deadly drugs on our streets.

“Drugs are a blight to our communities and cause untold heartache for so many families who have to watch their loved ones suffer.

“The proactive work in Burngreave will continue, as we target drug dealers and others involved in any type of criminality, in and around the area.”

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