Adrug dealer was jailed for three years after a blunder caused his own downfall.

In March 2022, Rakib Khan, who was under investigation for a separate offence and had bail conditions requiring him to contact the police, made a call to the authorities.

Interestingly, this specific phone number he used was later found to be associated with the highly profitable Ali drugs line in Oldham.

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

His guilty plea included charges related to his involvement in the distribution of cocaine and heroin, as well as the possession of Class B drugs.

The Greater Manchester Police’s Challenger team, responsible for combating organised crime, estimated that the Ali drugs line was generating around £1,000 in revenue daily through illicit drug sales.

Notably, when the drug dealer was apprehended in July 2023, he once again used the same phone number, this time dialling 999 under the belief that he was experiencing a burglary.

However, it was actually officers bursting into his property as part of a warrant.

This further entwined his criminal activities with his interactions with law enforcement.

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.”

In a similar case, a cocaine dealer who thought he was “untouchable” was exposed after posting details of his own Facebook page on EncroChat, a network used by criminals.

Farhan Alam sent messages to other criminals to arrange drug deals.

Despite committing crimes under a pseudonym, Alam posted incriminating information which tied him to the ‘Knockoutguy’ username on EncroChat.

In one message, he posted his mobile number and in another, shared the postcode to his home. His EncroChat phone and his personal phone number co-located on several occasions.

Alam also posted details of his Facebook page in an EncroChat conversation. It featured an image of him in a red Ferrari.

Alam was sentenced to seven years in prison and must serve half in prison.