Two drug traffickers have been jailed for more than 13 years after being caught with a kilo of heroin with a street value of £350,000 when police swooped on a vehicle at Nuthall Roundabout.
Kamar Khan, 25, and Direy Mursal, 29, both of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, were sentenced to eight and five- and a half years in prison respectively after a trial at Nottingham Crown Court.
At 6.45pm on October 9 2013, response officers in Nottingham city centre received information that a blue Vauxhall Vectra in the area was being used to transport drugs.
Using stop and search powers the vehicle was stopped on the A610 at Nuthall roundabout.
A search was made of the car and in the front passenger footwell a plastic carrier bag was found to be containing two packages, each containing a half kilo of Class A drugs.
The driver and passenger, Khan and Mursal, were arrested.
Both parties denied owning the drugs or having any knowledge of them but said they had travelled from Rotherham to Nottingham.
Based on intelligence the pair were identified as couriers for a drug exchange.
Working with partner agencies detectives from Nottinghamshire police’s city CID put together a case against the men and, after a four-day trial, they were convicted of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
Det Con Simon Carter said: “It is clear that despite their protestations both Khan and Mursal played a role as drug couriers – in this case transporting a kilo of heroin. Our estimation is that it could have been sold for anything up to £350,000.
“This is an excellent example of the effectiveness of Stop and Search powers and how, coupled with a thorough investigation and work with partner agencies, it has gone some way in disrupting the drug supply in Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire.
“The sentence imposed upon Khan and Mursal reflects the determination of the police and the courts to make Nottinghamshire a cleaner, safer place to live, to work in and to visit.”