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A Barnsley man moved to Blackpool to avoid his criminal associates after he was caught with a manbag and Kinder Egg filled with heroin and crack cocaine.

Akar Sideeq, 22, was spotted by plain-clothed police officers as he loitered around a garage in Pitt Street at around midnight on October 4, 2010.

Due to smelling cannabis, the officers searched Sideeq, who was carrying a Fila bag on his shoulder.

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Prosecutor, Amy Earnshaw told Sheffield Crown Court inside the bag, officers found a yellow plastic kinder egg, cash and 54 wraps of brown and white powder – later found to be cocaine and diamorphine.

Ms Earnshaw said: “He was living in a house of multiple occupancy where scales with a rock-like substance were found and bags of wraps.”

In total, there were 11 bags of wraps of crack cocaine, and seven bags of heroin. An estimated street value of the drugs was revealed to be £820.

Sideeq was jailed at Sheffield Crown Court
Sideeq was jailed at Sheffield Crown Court

The total amount of cash found was £960.50.

Ms Earnshaw said: “He said he was just stood in the street and didn’t know what was in the bag but said he had money to go get food and his friend had given him it.”

The court heard Sideeq had just one conviction recorded against him for travelling on a train without a relevant ticket.

Mitigating, Kristian Kavanagh told the court Sideeq and his wife had moved to Blackpool to get away from his criminal associates.

He said: “This took place in 2019 when he was 19. He is now 22 and apart from travelling on a train without a proper ticket there has been no further offending from him.

“He has attended court today with his wife. She is 19 and from the Barnsley area. They got together around the time of this offending and it was her that instigated that they move away from South Yorkshire and lived in Blackpool away from his criminal associates.

“She essentially moved away from her family home where she was raised to an area they didn’t know anybody but so he wouldn’t come into contact with his criminal associates.”

Mr Kavanagh added that since moving, the couple have welcomed a son and Sideeq’s wife had suffered with post-natal depression.

He said: “He [Sideeq] wishes to say he provides her with care in addition to the care he provides for his son.”

The court heard Sideeq had pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply a class A drug and possession of criminal property during a hearing on November 9 last year.

Recorder Gavin Doig jailed Sideeq for two years and six months.

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