A DRUG dealer claimed he had turned to crime after falling behind with his mortgage payments, Bolton Crown Court heard.

Mushtak Umarji, who had pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to supply, was jailed for 18 months.

Hanifa Patel, prosecuting, told the court how, at midday on November 18 last year, a plain clothes police officer was keeping watch on a man in Ulleswater Street, Bolton, and saw Umarji meet up with him before entering and coming out of a house in neighbouring Dorking Close.

Umarji was approached and searched and 11 wraps of heroin and six wraps of cocaine were found on him, together worth £638 as well as £105 cash.

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