BRADFORD: Bradford Crown Court has sent 39-year old drug courier Amar Murtaza to jail who reportedly removed a bag of cocaine from his anus and tried to swallow it in the back of a police van.

The court was told that Amar Murtaza had only been out of prison for a matter of weeks when he agreed to deliver two packs of cocaine on January 23. According to a Telegraph and Argus report, Prosecutor Nick Adlington told the court that at around 10pm that night, police were dispatched to Newby House flats on Otley Road after Murtaza reported that he was being chased.

On arrival, they found him under the influence of drugs with “white powder on his nose and smeared on his cheeks”. He told police he needed to get back to the hostel where he was staying by 11pm, so officers agreed to give him a lift and put him in their van. Mr Adlington said that while en route, one officer saw Murtaza remove a bag of powder from his anus and try to swallow it. After refusing to give up the bag, he was detained and arrested, giving a ‘no comment’ interview to police. He was found to be carrying two bags of cocaine containing a total of 16.7g of the drug, with a purity level of 86 per cent and a street value of £668.

The court heard that Murtaza, of Silverhill Road, Bradford Moor, Bradford, had been jailed for four years in 2005 for the possession of heroin with intent to supply, and 12 years in 2010 for possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life.

He had been on licence for that offence in January, and pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply during the hearing.