£53k in shoeboxes in drugs baron’s car

£53k in shoeboxes in drugs baron’s car

SHOEBOXES in the boot of a Dewsbury drug baron’s car held more than £53,000 in cash.

The loot, in bundles held together with elastic bands, was found by police in a Ford Sierra Cosworth sports car.

It belonged to Asad Mohammed Daud – a drugs kingpin who has just been jailed for more than seven years.

Leeds Crown Court heard officers raided Daud’s home in Cowper Street, Savile Town, in January.

Richard Gioserano, prosecuting, said police found more than 2kg of heroin and crack cocaine worth £160,000 in an Audi RS3 car. Mohammed Asad Daud 2

Cash totalling £7,785 was found in his bedroom in boxes and in the pockets of his clothes, including £2,445 in a body warmer.

In the boot of the car was a cocktail of drugs, including nearly half a kilo of crack cocaine and 1.68kg of heroin.

The heroin was in 17 different packages, several of more than 50 per cent purity and some as high as 67 per cent purity.

Some were already cut and cutting agents including caffeine and paracetamol were also found.

Mr Gioserano said the estimated street value if the heroin were to be cut into average deals was £128,500.

The keys to the Ford Sierra Cosworth were found in the kitchen and in the boot was £53,535 in three shoeboxes. Mohammed Asad Daud 3

An invoice was found in the car for a Honda Jazz, which was found parked in a street nearby.

A BB gun with pellets was behind the passenger seat, plus four wraps of crack cocaine. A dealer list was recovered from the front centre console.

Daud was on the driver insurance for the Honda and had recently bought the Audi, paying £15,500 of the price in cash.

In 2009 Daud was jailed for 16 months for possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

In June 2010 he received a three-year prison term for supplying heroin and crack cocaine.

This made him liable for a minimum seven-year sentence as a “three strike” offender.

Tony Kelbrick, for Daud, said due to his client’s intellectual level he was not the sole proprietor of the drugs enterprise.

Daud, easily controlled by others, became involved in the use of drugs, which led to his involvement.

From a good family, Daud regretted his actions and got clean of drugs while on remand, Mr Kelbrick added.

His progress has been such that he has been recommended in prison to become a mentor to others. Mr Kelbrick said: “He knows what is coming and is determined to make the best of it and come out of prison a wiser person than he went in.

Daud, 28, admitted possessing cocaine, heroin and cannabis with intent to supply, possessing criminal property and money laundering.

Judge Guy Kearl, QC, said: “This was obviously a considerable enterprise and you were dealing in large amounts of cash.”

PC Gary Calvert, of Kirklees CID, welcomed Daud’s sentence of seven years and three months.

He said: “This sentence should be a warning to those who profit from the despair caused by drugs.”

The police raid came in January as part of Operation Quartz, which is aimed at tackling drug dealers in the region.

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