A DRUG dealer who was peddling crack and heroin in historic Fort Royal Park has walked free, partly because of delays caused by Covid.

Abid Nzair pleaded guilty selling the class A drugs in the popular Worcester park but was handed a suspended sentence by a judge in Coventry earlier today (Thursday).

The 40-year-old admitted possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine after he was stopped by Worcester officers as part of Operation Blade on April 24, 2018.

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Operation Blade involved painstaking work by police officers, including Worcester detectives, to sever the supply of drugs into the city from larger cities including Birmingham and Liverpool.

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DS Andy Farmer, based at Worcester Police Station, said: "He was stopped on Fort Royal Hill as part of Operation Blade and found to be in possession of approximately £680 worth of class A drugs. He also pleaded guilty to possession of criminal property in relation to £125 that was seized from him at the time of his arrest."


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The defendant from Swanage Road, Birmingham, was sentenced to two years imprisonment suspended for two years.

He was on conditional bail and had not offended since so was given credit by the judge for turning his life around. The offence is nearly four years old and has been adjourned a number of times due to Covid, the court heard.