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Oldham drug dealer jailed after contacting police on phone he used for dealing

A bungling drug dealer has been jailed for three years after he called police from the mobile phone he had been using to set up deals. 

Rakib Khan called police in March 2022 as part of his bail conditions while under investigation for a separate offence – that number was later linked to the lucrative Ali drugs line in Oldham. 

Khan, 23, of Suffolk Street, Oldham, was sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester.

He had previously pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine and heroin, and the possession of Class B drugs. 

Officers from Greater Manchester Police’s Challenger team believe the Ali line was making up to £1,000 a day.

When he was arrested in July 2023, Khan used the phone again, this time to call 999 as he believed he was being burgled. 

PC Rhiann O’Malley, of GMP’s Serious Crime Division, said: “Khan was a runner for the Ali line operating in Oldham and making around £1,000 a day. 

“Investigations proved Khan had previously called the police using the mobile phone number linked to his drugs line and it was established he was the owner. 

“Upon entering his property to execute the arrest warrant, officers found Khan using this telephone to call 999 believing the police to be burglars. 

“Putting Khan behind bars means a significant drugs operation has been taken off the streets. 

“We will continue to act on all intelligence received and are determined to make sure those who break the law will face justice. 

“Please continue to report any concerns to Greater Manchester Police by calling 101 or anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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