Chronic addict caught supplying on streets

A CHRONIC addict who was caught supplying drugs in Halifax as part of Operation Irondale has been made the subject of a three-month curfew.

Azar Ali, 39, will have to be at his home in Hampden Place, Halifax, between 9 pm and 7 am after a judge decided to make him the subject of a suspended sentence order.

Ali, who admitted charges of offering to supply and supplying Class A drugs, was street dealing in September 2010.

Bradford Crown Court was told Ali told officers he was a chronic heroin addict and had got involved to pay off a drugs debt.

Ali’s barrister Ken Green said he was now highly motivated to deal with his drug problem and received considerable support from his family.

Judge John Potter said Ali had in effect been getting drugs for himself and then sharing them with others so it was not a case involving a commercial element.

The judge said it was offending at the lowest end of the scale and a 10-month prison sentence could be suspended for two years.

Ali will have to undertake a six month drug rehabilitation course as part of the sentence and be supervised by the probation service for the next two years. The judge told Ali he hoped the order would be a turning point in his life.