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Drug dealer jailed after posing as taxi driver in Harrogate

A 51-year-old man from Bradford has been jailed after using his taxi license to conceal drug dealing in Harrogate. Iqbal Rehman of Rhodesway plead guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. He was sentenced at York Crown Court to two years and eight months in prison yesterday (Tuesday). Rehman was arrested at Asda on Bower Road, Harrogate, in December 2019 when officers found him parked 'suspiciously' in his taxi. After engaging him, officers attempted to remove his key from the ignition - at which point Rehman tried to drive away. The vehicle was promptly brought to a stop and he was arrested. North Yorkshire Police Detective Sergeant Marcus Dawson said:

"The judge in court commented on Rehman’s calculated behaviour in using a taxi as a guise for his dealing and the serious, damaging impact drugs have on our local communities. "Rehman’s arrest and successful prosecution is a great example of the vital role proactive policing plays in cracking down on drug dealing activity."
[caption id="attachment_19796" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Drugs found in Azar Iqbal Rehman's possession.[/caption] A search of Rehman's vehicle revealed a number of bags of cocaine and MDMA ready for onward supply, as well as quantities of cash. He admitted he was also in possession of large amounts of Class A drugs at his home address in Bradford. Further investigation into Rehman’s finances revealed property assets in both the UK and abroad with the drugs found in Rehman’s car and at his home totalling over £17,000 in street value. Sergeant Marcus Dawson added:
"The instincts of the two officers who sensed something was not right about his presence in that car park have resulted in another drug dealer being taken off the streets of North Yorkshire and another county line being disrupted. "Every piece of intelligence we can collect is key in our investigations so I’d urge anyone who spots something or someone who seems out of place to report this to the police. "Our officers patrol as much of our towns, villages and streets as they can, but the public are our eyes and ears and we could not do our jobs without them."
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