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Sentencing of a drug dealer

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A drug dealer who forced a teenager into the back of a car and threatened him has been sentenced to more than five years in a young offender institution.

Abidul Islam and an accomplice made the boy strip down to his underwear in the back of the car and he was told that he would be sexually abused if he didn’t sell heroin and cannabis for a Sheffield-based drugs gang.

Islam had introduced the Chesterfield teen to the world of crime but when the 16-year-old said he no longer wanted to be involved, Islam drove him around Sheffield for four hours and threatened him.

Islam (20) has been sentenced to 65 months in a young offender institution after admitting false imprisonment and supplying heroin and cannabis.

He first met the boy in Chesterfield last year and persuaded him to sell small amounts of cannabis a day for him. But this soon escalated to selling hundreds of pounds worth of heroin daily and the youngster told Islam he wanted to stop.

On July 13, Islam turned up at the house the boy was at and dragged him out and into the car. A second man in the vehicle ordered him to strip while Islam threatened him. At one point, the boy had a gun pointed to his head.
Eventually, he was let out at Sheffield train station and he later told his mother what he had been involved in.

Police worked with partner agencies to safeguard the boy and he and his family have been moved away from the area.

Islam, of Glen Road, Sheffield, was sentenced at Derby Crown Court on Friday 31 January.

DCI Darren Pope said: “Islam talked this naïve teen into selling drugs and he would travel from Chesterfield to Sheffield by train to collect the drugs.
“But the situation soon became far more serious when Islam pressured him into selling harder drugs.

“When he told Islam he didn’t want to be involved anymore and he turned off his phone, that’s when Islam turned on him and bundled him into a car.
“It must have been a terrible ordeal for this youngster and I’m pleased that we have been able to help him and his family move away from the area.”
DCI Pope said people who travel regularly by train can help the police by looking out for the signs of youngsters who may have been forced to carry drugs. They are:

Have you seen a child, sometimes as young as 12, travelling alone?

Are they travelling during school hours, or unusual hours for a youngster to be away from home, such as early in the morning or late at night?

Do they travel on the same route regularly, like once or twice a week?
Are they receiving an excessive number of texts or phone calls?

Are they with someone older who is buying their tickets or giving them money for tickets?

Are they deliberately avoiding authority figures, such as police officers or railway staff?

If you are travelling by train and you want to report any suspicions, you can text British Transport Police on 61016 or call 0800 40 50 40.

You can contact Derbyshire police’s County Lines Disruption Team on countylinesdisruptionteam@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk or call 0300 122 8911.

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