Accrington snooker hall had cocaine stuffed in tables

Accrington snooker hall had cocaine stuffed in tables

The furniture company below the club had no involvement with the court case

Arshad Khan

Abid Khan

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A TOWN centre snooker hall used as a cover for a drug supplying business had cocaine stuffed into tables used by its customers.

Sniffer dogs discovered the high purity drug during a raid at Frames Snooker Club in Accrington.

More of the drug and ecstasy tablets were found in a vending machine.

When police checked the hall’s CCTV they saw cousins Arshad Khan, 40, and Abid Khan, 27, bagging up the drugs ready for sale.

Their failure to turn off their own surveillance equipment and instead get caught red handed prompted one of their barristers to tell Burnley Crown Court: “It’s like something off Britain's Dumbest Criminal.”

The court was told the pair used the club for drugs after the business began to fail a few months after they started it.

The hearing was told officers raided the club, then leased by the defendants after their families put money in to start it up last April, in October. They found cocaine worth £11,500.

The drugs were taken out of the hall either by the defendants or others, to be sold on the streets.

Arshad Khan, of James Street, Haslingden, and his co-defendant, of Langroyd Road, Colne, admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine, between last June and October and possessing ecstasy. They were jailed for three-and-a-half years each and now face a proceeds of crime hearing.

Kimberley Obrusik, prosecuting, said Abid Khan's fingerprints had been found on a bag with traces of cocaine on it seized from a car in June.

Khan's house in Colne was searched on October 21, he was arrested and police found a safe with £3,400 in cash and £270 in his jeans, along with a bag of cocaine.

Miss Obrusik said officers went to Frames the next day and behind the counter found bulking agents, a lot of snap bags, a teaspoon and digital scales in a carrier bag.

Drugs dogs went into the premises and located a second Tesco carrier bag, containing 55.3 grams of cocaine, further scales, a dish and a spoon in a snooker table. A box containing £1,805 cash was behind the counter.

An empty vending machine in the reception area held 28 snap bags of cocaine and 72 ecstasy tablets.

The prosecutor said: "Police officers saw deals on the CCTV amounting to street sized deals, as well as larger amounts amounts split up for deals believed to be for suppliers' drugs."

"It's the Crown's position this business was used as a cover and a facilitator for the supply of drugs."

Both defendants were questioned after arrest and made no comment.

Arshad Khan had 16 offences on his record and his co-defendant had six previous offences.

Tim Storrie, for Arshad Khan,said he committed the offence to earn money to shore up his failing business.

The barrister said: "It was a foolish idea. He had involved himself in taking cocaine and he was using between £50 and £100 worth a day."

Defending Abid Khan, Philip Holden said he literally got his hands dirty, bagging up drugs at the snooker hall.

He said: "It's like something off Britain's Dumbest Criminal. It's bizarre, almost, that people who are running this sort of enterprise would allow the CCTV still to be running."

Mr Holden described the defendant as a ‘promising, intelligent, articulate young man, who has fallen from grace’.

Sentencing, Recorder Nigel Grundy told the defendants: "I accept the snooker club was first started as a legitimate business enterprise. It soon became clear to both of you that was failing and you chose to supplement your income significantly by engaging in what can properly be described as a drug street dealing operation."

"I accept that to some extent the operation was naive in that you kept the CCTV on when you were performing those activities, but that may simply be you were so arrogant you never thought you were going to be caught."

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7:47am Wed 19 Mar 14

AnthonyUK says...

Asian run snooker clubs doing this passing drugs onto punters should be shut down permnantly.
Asian run snooker clubs doing this passing drugs onto punters should be shut down permnantly. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 41

8:15am Wed 19 Mar 14

useyourhead says...

AnthonyUK wrote:
Asian run snooker clubs doing this passing drugs onto punters should be shut down permnantly.
I bet the police thought it was their birthday when they found that c.c.t.v footage. scummy dealers.
[quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: Asian run snooker clubs doing this passing drugs onto punters should be shut down permnantly.[/p][/quote]I bet the police thought it was their birthday when they found that c.c.t.v footage. scummy dealers. useyourhead
  • Score: 52

8:17am Wed 19 Mar 14

useyourhead says...

@ anthonyUK, sorry, quoted on yours in error.
@ anthonyUK, sorry, quoted on yours in error. useyourhead
  • Score: 5

8:19am Wed 19 Mar 14

TONY WALES says...

You could say they were snookered behind the black ball, or should we put this, as the black has been pocketed?

Yet another fine scam by our visitors from overseas, another way to launder money, and a way of no real check on the takings.....all cash
You could say they were snookered behind the black ball, or should we put this, as the black has been pocketed? Yet another fine scam by our visitors from overseas, another way to launder money, and a way of no real check on the takings.....all cash TONY WALES
  • Score: 33

9:06am Wed 19 Mar 14

ikap22 says...

TONY WALES wrote:
You could say they were snookered behind the black ball, or should we put this, as the black has been pocketed?

Yet another fine scam by our visitors from overseas, another way to launder money, and a way of no real check on the takings.....all cash
Were does it say they were visitors from overseas?
[quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: You could say they were snookered behind the black ball, or should we put this, as the black has been pocketed? Yet another fine scam by our visitors from overseas, another way to launder money, and a way of no real check on the takings.....all cash[/p][/quote]Were does it say they were visitors from overseas? ikap22
  • Score: -7

9:26am Wed 19 Mar 14

GracesDad says...

Dumb and Dumber!!! Pair of clowns deserve all they get.
Dumb and Dumber!!! Pair of clowns deserve all they get. GracesDad
  • Score: 34

9:32am Wed 19 Mar 14

ChrisDeBerg says...

AnthonyUK wrote:
Asian run snooker clubs doing this passing drugs onto punters should be shut down permnantly.
Shut down permnantly? Or permanently? lol

I don't agree with you, I play a lot of snooker, including league snooker... So I don't want to see any snooker halls shut down permanently! I'd rather they go to prison, fined all the money they've made from it, then the business sold to a legitimate owner who can keep the business going?
[quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: Asian run snooker clubs doing this passing drugs onto punters should be shut down permnantly.[/p][/quote]Shut down permnantly? Or permanently? lol I don't agree with you, I play a lot of snooker, including league snooker... So I don't want to see any snooker halls shut down permanently! I'd rather they go to prison, fined all the money they've made from it, then the business sold to a legitimate owner who can keep the business going? ChrisDeBerg
  • Score: 38

10:29am Wed 19 Mar 14

Just an observer says...

Classic you've been framed(by yourself ha ha).
Classic you've been framed(by yourself ha ha). Just an observer
  • Score: 22

12:42pm Wed 19 Mar 14

zabby says...

What's the point commenting telegraph only let's certain views heard
What's the point commenting telegraph only let's certain views heard zabby
  • Score: 22

12:49pm Wed 19 Mar 14

burner says...

Now go on and read the comments re Meadowhead's school visitors. Oh, and then re ongoing court cases and so on and so on. Spot the common denominator.
Now go on and read the comments re Meadowhead's school visitors. Oh, and then re ongoing court cases and so on and so on. Spot the common denominator. burner
  • Score: 17

1:00pm Wed 19 Mar 14

halcyondaze says...

Even though I chalked my cue I still potted the white.
Even though I chalked my cue I still potted the white. halcyondaze
  • Score: 7

1:11pm Wed 19 Mar 14

AnthonyUK says...

ChrisDeBerg wrote:
AnthonyUK wrote:
Asian run snooker clubs doing this passing drugs onto punters should be shut down permnantly.
Shut down permnantly? Or permanently? lol

I don't agree with you, I play a lot of snooker, including league snooker... So I don't want to see any snooker halls shut down permanently! I'd rather they go to prison, fined all the money they've made from it, then the business sold to a legitimate owner who can keep the business going?
Yeah responsible owners who DON'T deal drugs to others or use the place for dodgy crimes!
[quote][p][bold]ChrisDeBerg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: Asian run snooker clubs doing this passing drugs onto punters should be shut down permnantly.[/p][/quote]Shut down permnantly? Or permanently? lol I don't agree with you, I play a lot of snooker, including league snooker... So I don't want to see any snooker halls shut down permanently! I'd rather they go to prison, fined all the money they've made from it, then the business sold to a legitimate owner who can keep the business going?[/p][/quote]Yeah responsible owners who DON'T deal drugs to others or use the place for dodgy crimes! AnthonyUK
  • Score: 9

1:50pm Wed 19 Mar 14

dave234567 says...

More Asian drug dealers corrupting kids.
More Asian drug dealers corrupting kids. dave234567
  • Score: 27

3:30pm Wed 19 Mar 14

The bluetooth. says...

Most snooker clubs around england have drugs deals taking place behind the scenes. In the eighties and nineties it didnt matter if the owner of the club was english or asian,everyone knew that if you wanted to score then these were the places to go to. It was a very big cover up. The owner would authorise a particular dealer to sell and by end of the day the owner would make a drink out of it. Its died down alot but its still going on in these places. The likes of the east end gangsters(krays) started this trend off. Everytime they would meet it be mostly at snooker halls.
Most snooker clubs around england have drugs deals taking place behind the scenes. In the eighties and nineties it didnt matter if the owner of the club was english or asian,everyone knew that if you wanted to score then these were the places to go to. It was a very big cover up. The owner would authorise a particular dealer to sell and by end of the day the owner would make a drink out of it. Its died down alot but its still going on in these places. The likes of the east end gangsters(krays) started this trend off. Everytime they would meet it be mostly at snooker halls. The bluetooth.
  • Score: 6

5:20pm Wed 19 Mar 14

TONY WALES says...

ikap22 wrote:
TONY WALES wrote:
You could say they were snookered behind the black ball, or should we put this, as the black has been pocketed?

Yet another fine scam by our visitors from overseas, another way to launder money, and a way of no real check on the takings.....all cash
Were does it say they were visitors from overseas?
You cannot accuse me of being racist.
Mention and name a certain section of the community,
and that's what you will get called
Some people have a chip on their shoulder so you cannot mention them by name, but we native English people all know who I am talking about.
[quote][p][bold]ikap22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: You could say they were snookered behind the black ball, or should we put this, as the black has been pocketed? Yet another fine scam by our visitors from overseas, another way to launder money, and a way of no real check on the takings.....all cash[/p][/quote]Were does it say they were visitors from overseas?[/p][/quote]You cannot accuse me of being racist. Mention and name a certain section of the community, and that's what you will get called Some people have a chip on their shoulder so you cannot mention them by name, but we native English people all know who I am talking about. TONY WALES
  • Score: 14

6:27pm Wed 19 Mar 14

mrcool says...

dave234567 wrote:
More Asian drug dealers corrupting kids.
I guess you skipped the story 4 articles above this one. Let me give you a quick summary of it: English white woman, heroin, hid in her bra, boyfriend (also white) is a dealer. So, yes, this story is about Asian scum dealing this poison, but don't kid yourself, it's also peddled by the white scum too. You might be blind, but we're not.
[quote][p][bold]dave234567[/bold] wrote: More Asian drug dealers corrupting kids.[/p][/quote]I guess you skipped the story 4 articles above this one. Let me give you a quick summary of it: English white woman, heroin, hid in her bra, boyfriend (also white) is a dealer. So, yes, this story is about Asian scum dealing this poison, but don't kid yourself, it's also peddled by the white scum too. You might be blind, but we're not. mrcool
  • Score: 12

7:24pm Wed 19 Mar 14

zabby says...

Another scam enough said,sick of my posts being taken off
Another scam enough said,sick of my posts being taken off zabby
  • Score: 7

8:42pm Wed 19 Mar 14

churchman says...

only thing im suprised about is that it took the police so long to find out this was a drug dealing place.they have been selling drugs from this building for a few years
only thing im suprised about is that it took the police so long to find out this was a drug dealing place.they have been selling drugs from this building for a few years churchman
  • Score: 10

8:49pm Wed 19 Mar 14

M Foster says...

TONY WALES wrote:
ikap22 wrote:
TONY WALES wrote:
You could say they were snookered behind the black ball, or should we put this, as the black has been pocketed?

Yet another fine scam by our visitors from overseas, another way to launder money, and a way of no real check on the takings.....all cash
Were does it say they were visitors from overseas?
You cannot accuse me of being racist.
Mention and name a certain section of the community,
and that's what you will get called
Some people have a chip on their shoulder so you cannot mention them by name, but we native English people all know who I am talking about.
Careful with that description `native'. I used it on here the other night (under the Colne viaduct suicide story and some clown asked "Will someone please explain what this `native' means". I was glad to enlighten them with `indigenous' (natural to that area). I.e, As the Aboriginies are to Australia, Maories to NZ, American Indians to the USA, Red Squirrels to the UK, etc.
Some idiots believe there is no such think as indigenous Britons (who have been here 10's of 1000's of years) to try and deny us our rightful heritage and ownership of these islands so more undesirables can flood in without arguement. I think the people you are probably referring to are very well balanced - they have a chip on BOTH shoulders.
[quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ikap22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: You could say they were snookered behind the black ball, or should we put this, as the black has been pocketed? Yet another fine scam by our visitors from overseas, another way to launder money, and a way of no real check on the takings.....all cash[/p][/quote]Were does it say they were visitors from overseas?[/p][/quote]You cannot accuse me of being racist. Mention and name a certain section of the community, and that's what you will get called Some people have a chip on their shoulder so you cannot mention them by name, but we native English people all know who I am talking about.[/p][/quote]Careful with that description `native'. I used it on here the other night (under the Colne viaduct suicide story and some clown asked "Will someone please explain what this `native' means". I was glad to enlighten them with `indigenous' (natural to that area). I.e, As the Aboriginies are to Australia, Maories to NZ, American Indians to the USA, Red Squirrels to the UK, etc. Some idiots believe there is no such think as indigenous Britons (who have been here 10's of 1000's of years) to try and deny us our rightful heritage and ownership of these islands so more undesirables can flood in without arguement. I think the people you are probably referring to are very well balanced - they have a chip on BOTH shoulders. M Foster
  • Score: 11

9:10pm Wed 19 Mar 14

woolywords says...

mrcool wrote:
dave234567 wrote:
More Asian drug dealers corrupting kids.
I guess you skipped the story 4 articles above this one. Let me give you a quick summary of it: English white woman, heroin, hid in her bra, boyfriend (also white) is a dealer. So, yes, this story is about Asian scum dealing this poison, but don't kid yourself, it's also peddled by the white scum too. You might be blind, but we're not.
So we have white people dealing in brown powder and brown people dealing in white powder...
If that isn't ethnic diversity, I don't know what is.
[quote][p][bold]mrcool[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dave234567[/bold] wrote: More Asian drug dealers corrupting kids.[/p][/quote]I guess you skipped the story 4 articles above this one. Let me give you a quick summary of it: English white woman, heroin, hid in her bra, boyfriend (also white) is a dealer. So, yes, this story is about Asian scum dealing this poison, but don't kid yourself, it's also peddled by the white scum too. You might be blind, but we're not.[/p][/quote]So we have white people dealing in brown powder and brown people dealing in white powder... If that isn't ethnic diversity, I don't know what is. woolywords
  • Score: 11

10:38pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Anal Revenge says...

People do make mistakes and I think they should be punished. But they should be forgiven and given the opportunity for a second chance. We are human beings.
People do make mistakes and I think they should be punished. But they should be forgiven and given the opportunity for a second chance. We are human beings. Anal Revenge
  • Score: -8

11:18pm Wed 19 Mar 14

useyourhead says...

Anal Revenge wrote:
People do make mistakes and I think they should be punished. But they should be forgiven and given the opportunity for a second chance. We are human beings.
Arshad Khan had 16 offences on his record and his co-defendant had six previous offences.... second chance?
[quote][p][bold]Anal Revenge[/bold] wrote: People do make mistakes and I think they should be punished. But they should be forgiven and given the opportunity for a second chance. We are human beings.[/p][/quote]Arshad Khan had 16 offences on his record and his co-defendant had six previous offences.... second chance? useyourhead
  • Score: 15

11:34pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Bernard Righton says...

useyourhead wrote:
Anal Revenge wrote:
People do make mistakes and I think they should be punished. But they should be forgiven and given the opportunity for a second chance. We are human beings.
Arshad Khan had 16 offences on his record and his co-defendant had six previous offences.... second chance?
2nd chance, 17th chance, who's counting?
we're only human beings after all.....
[quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Anal Revenge[/bold] wrote: People do make mistakes and I think they should be punished. But they should be forgiven and given the opportunity for a second chance. We are human beings.[/p][/quote]Arshad Khan had 16 offences on his record and his co-defendant had six previous offences.... second chance?[/p][/quote]2nd chance, 17th chance, who's counting? we're only human beings after all..... Bernard Righton
  • Score: -3

7:32am Thu 20 Mar 14

hasslem hasslem says...

TONY WALES wrote:
ikap22 wrote:
TONY WALES wrote:
You could say they were snookered behind the black ball, or should we put this, as the black has been pocketed?

Yet another fine scam by our visitors from overseas, another way to launder money, and a way of no real check on the takings.....all cash
Were does it say they were visitors from overseas?
You cannot accuse me of being racist.
Mention and name a certain section of the community,
and that's what you will get called
Some people have a chip on their shoulder so you cannot mention them by name, but we native English people all know who I am talking about.
ironic coming from someone called wales
[quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ikap22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: You could say they were snookered behind the black ball, or should we put this, as the black has been pocketed? Yet another fine scam by our visitors from overseas, another way to launder money, and a way of no real check on the takings.....all cash[/p][/quote]Were does it say they were visitors from overseas?[/p][/quote]You cannot accuse me of being racist. Mention and name a certain section of the community, and that's what you will get called Some people have a chip on their shoulder so you cannot mention them by name, but we native English people all know who I am talking about.[/p][/quote]ironic coming from someone called wales hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 4

10:53am Thu 20 Mar 14

AnthonyUK says...

These guys deserve NO chances;what if they do it again and deliberately set out to ignore the laws?
These guys deserve NO chances;what if they do it again and deliberately set out to ignore the laws? AnthonyUK
  • Score: 5

10:54am Thu 20 Mar 14

AnthonyUK says...

useyourhead wrote:
Anal Revenge wrote:
People do make mistakes and I think they should be punished. But they should be forgiven and given the opportunity for a second chance. We are human beings.
Arshad Khan had 16 offences on his record and his co-defendant had six previous offences.... second chance?
This guy deserves NO chances!
[quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Anal Revenge[/bold] wrote: People do make mistakes and I think they should be punished. But they should be forgiven and given the opportunity for a second chance. We are human beings.[/p][/quote]Arshad Khan had 16 offences on his record and his co-defendant had six previous offences.... second chance?[/p][/quote]This guy deserves NO chances! AnthonyUK
  • Score: 5

6:43am Fri 21 Mar 14

.Lancs _ Pensioner says...

Asian run snooker clubs







coo'ee
Asian run snooker clubs coo'ee .Lancs _ Pensioner
  • Score: 1

6:43am Fri 21 Mar 14

.Lancs _ Pensioner says...

Asian run snooker clubs
Asian run snooker clubs .Lancs _ Pensioner
  • Score: 1

6:44am Fri 21 Mar 14

.Lancs _ Pensioner says...

coo'ee
coo'ee .Lancs _ Pensioner
  • Score: 1

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