A SHETLAND man has been sent to prison for four and a half years after he admitted dealing heroin.
Lerwick Sheriff Court heard that 52 year old Ibrahim Hassan, whose address was given as HM Prison Grampian, was “ingrained” in Shetland’s drug dealing scene.
On Wednesday he admitted supplying the Class A drug over a six week period to various addresses in Lerwick after he was caught with heroin on 2 April and 16 May this year.
In April police found him with 19 wraps of heroin valued at £318.
In May he was arrested after two plain clothes officers interrupted a drug deal at Lerwick’s Norstane, when Hassan escaped and threw two packages of the drug into a nearby garden, after which search warrants were then issued for Hassan and his mother’s houses.
The fiscal said that Hassan dealt heroin on a daily basis in return for drugs to feed his own habit.
Defence agent Tommy Allan explained that his client had slid back into using heroin due to family problems, including ill health.
“This isn’t an easy thing to get out of and that’s the position he found himself in,” he said, adding that since being locked up on 18 May Hassan was now drug free and intent on remaining so.
Handing down a 54 month jail term, reduced from six years to reflect the early plea, Sheriff Philip Mann told Hassan that he should be well aware of the “very strong line” he took on drug dealing.