Two drug dealers have been dubbed Britain’s dumbest criminals after they forgot to turn off their own CCTV cameras while bagging and selling cocaine.
Cousins Arshad Khan and Abid Khan jointly leased a snooker club in April last year after borrowing money from their families but used it as a front for selling drugs.
They had installed CCTV cameras after having problems with troublemakers at the Frames Snooker Club, in Accrington, Lancashire.
In October last year police raided the homes of two friends of the Khans and found bags with traces of cocaine.
later examination of the bags found Abid’s fingerprints on the bags, officers then raided the club and found 70g of cocaine worth £11,500 and 236g of bulking agents along with cash.
Police seized the CCTV footage from the club expecting not to find any self incriminating evidence but were shocked to find footage showing the cousins holding plastic bags, weighing up and dividing the drugs, going from the snooker tables to the counter and sales of the drugs taking place within the property.
Abid was arrested at his home where police found a further £3,400 in cash along with a bag of cocaine.
Abid’s lawyer Philip Holden said: ‘It’s like something off Britain’s Dumbest Criminal. It’s bizarre that people who are running this sort of enterprise would allow the CCTV still to be running.’
He said: ‘He literally got his hands dirty, bagging up drugs at the snooker hall. He is a promising, intelligent, articulate young man, who has fallen from grace.
‘He started to take drugs, ended up on a downward spiral, his partner left him and he became depressed… He tried to become a driving instructor before the effects of drugs took hold.’
Tim Storrie, for Arshad Khan, said: ‘It was a foolish idea. He had involved himself in taking cocaine and he was using between £50 and £100 worth a day.’
‘These events have been a terrific shock. The defendant knows that when he is released, he has a lot of bridges to build.’
Sentencing, the judge Nigel Grundy said: ‘I accept the snooker club was first started as a legitimate business enterprise.
‘But it soon became clear to both of you that was failing and you chose to supplement your income significantly by engaging in what can properly be described as a drug street dealing operation.’
‘I accept that to some extent the operation was naive in that you kept the CCTV on when you were performing those activities, but that may simply be you were so arrogant you never thought you were going to be caught.’
Arshad, 40, and 27-year-old Abid, admitted possessing ecstasy and conspiracy to supply cocaine, and were each jailed for three and a half years.