'Desperate' Wolverhampton man admits moving crack cocaine and diamorphine

By Deborah Hardiman | Wolverhampton | Crime | Published:

A Wolverhampton man has admitted transporting crack cocaine and diamorphine.

The case was heard at Shrewsbury Crown Court

Gurpreet Singh, of All Saints Road in All Saints, was one of two men who pleaded guilty to moving the drugs into Shropshire.

Singh, aged 33, and 23-year-old Birmingham man Mohammed Tayyab, both admitted two counts of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply to another at a hearing at Shrewsbury Crown Court.

The offences relate to an incident where police stopped a Saab on July 7 last year.

Singh and Tayyab had previously denied the charges but changed their pleas ahead of the start of a trial on Monday.

Miss Raj Punia, defending Singh, told the court that he was pleading guilty on the basis that he was a drug addict and had agreed to help his co-defendant by driving the motor in return for drugs to feed his habit.

Singh said: "I got involved on this day because I was very desperate - when the police car came I panicked. Tayyab told me to run and I did."

He added that a Nokia phone seized by the officers did not belong to him.

Ms Rachel Pennington, prosecuting, told the court that Singh gave a positive drug test and that the police investigation found no financial history or relatives for him in the UK.

Judge Peter Barrie adjourned the matter for sentencing reports.

Singh was remanded in custody while Tayyab, of Membury Road in Saltley, Birmingham, was granted unconditional bail until next month.

Deborah Hardiman

By Deborah Hardiman

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based out of the head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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