Burnley dealer sold drugs to police
9:00pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
A DRUG dealer who appeared on Crimewatch as police hunted him is facing a stretch in jail.
Burnley Crown Court heard Sakhawat Rafiq, 27, supplied heroin to police in an undercover operation last summer.
But when it was time to arrest him, he had left the area and moved to Leicester.
Rafiq has owned up to involvement in supply, but a trial over the facts may yet be held to determine just what his role was.
He was said by his barrister to have been using £100 of cannabis a week at the time and received about £30 a week, plus board, lodgings and some drugs for his part.
Rafiq, who was living in the Burnley and Pendle area, but is now of no fixed address, admitted heroin supply.
Stephen Parker, prosecuting, said Rafiq made financial gain and must have had some understanding of the scale of the operation.
The prosecutor added: “He moved to Leicester and police have been seeking him for the last seven or eight months. He has been mentioned on Crimewatch and has not been caught until the last two or three weeks.”
Rafiq was remanded in custody until September 27 for a pre-sentence report.