A Birmingham drug dealer has been jailed for four years after dragging a brave police officer along a Handsworth street after he intervened in a deal, a year ago.
Saghir Khan appeared before Birmingham Crown Court on Monday (23 February) where he was sentenced in connection with a drug deal in Scholars Close on 11 February 2014.
PC Dave Harman, who works as part of the team tackling organised crime in central Birmingham, was responding to complaints from local residents when he spotted the suspected deal taking place in a Ford Focus parked up in the cul-de-sac.
The officer opened the door of the car and spotted a bag of heroin on Khanâ€™s lap but before he could act, the 30-year-old accelerated away, with his customer still in the passenger seat, dragging PC Harman several metres along the road before he was able to break free of the car.
Undeterred by Khanâ€™s dangerous and reckless attempts to flee from police, PC Harman continued to chase the car further into the dead-end-street on foot.
Khan, of Ninevah Road, then stalled the car and was unable to get away from the tenacious officer, who duly arrested him on suspicion of supplying drugs.
During the drama, Khan threw his bag of Class A drugs to his paying customer before he also attempted to flee and evade police capture but he was also detained, by PC Harmanâ€™s colleague PC Nicholas McCullogh, and 27 wraps of heroin were recovered, with a street value of over Â£250.
The customer turned out to be 39-year-old Darren Long who pleaded guilty to purchasing drugs during as court hearing in August last year. Long, of Soho Road, was sentenced to 21 days in custody.
Longâ€™s bungling dealer, Saghir Khan, was subsequently charged with dangerous driving and possession with intent to supply a Class A drug. He admitted the drugs offence and was sentenced yesterday to four years imprisonment, with a dangerous driving charge to remain on file.
Speaking following the hearing, PC Harman said: “Khan was reckless and ultimately would stop at nothing to try and evade capture.
“The conviction represents another success for the Birmingham West and Central Organised Crime Team in tackling drug dealers reported by the community.