Nurse with double life as drug trafficker caught out by selfie with boyfriend

A nursery nurse started a secret double life as a crack cocaine trafficker after falling for a drug dealer.

Mother of three Umi Noor, 37, was snared by cops after they found a photo of her together with drug baron Michael Hassan.

Investigating officers also found text messages between them detailing the extent of their drug dealing.

Noor had opened a restaurant and planned to use it to launder the illicit drugs money. One text she sent to Hassan read: ''“I actually got something so good that is going to make all your money so clean.”

When officers raided Noor's home in Moss Side, Manchester they found drugs with a street value of over £11,000.

At Manchester Crown Court, Noor was jailed for four years and one month after admitting possession of drugs with intent to supply and conspiracy to conceal criminal property.

Hassan, 28, from Horwich, Bolton was jailed for six years after admitting similar offences. He is already serving four years for other drugs offences.

The pair were caught following a major police operation into organised crime which culminated in officers raiding Noor's home on November 22 2019.

Two locked tins containing 363 wraps of heroin and 403 wraps of crack as well as other drugs paraphernalia were discovered the property.

Noor tried to cover for Hassan, claiming that a man she was dating called 'Rico' had left the drugs in her home and that she had no knowledge of them.

But officers seized her phone and found the incriminating pictures of the lovers. Another Nokia phone seized was found to operate as a drugs ‘'hotline''.

Detectives discovered Noor had spent at least £7,000 hiring cars that Hassan had used for the distribution of drugs, and had also been setting up a takeaway in Bolton called Taste Buds to launder the money.

Andrew Evans, prosecuting, told the court that Noor had allowed the home where she lived with her three children aged 15, 13 and 10, to be used as a headquarters for Hassan’s illegal drugs business – stories phones, drugs and large quantities of cash.

She also, Mr Evans said, took messages for Hassan relating to his drug-dealing business.

Noor had a previous caution for permitting a previous partner to cultivate cannabis in November 2015.

Her lawyer Miss Nicola Gatto said in mitigation: “She has now been in custody since November 2019 and has been separated from her three young children and she feels very much that she has missed some key stages in their life.

Sentencing Noor, Judge Suzanne Goddard QC told her: ''“There are text messages that showed that you are a feisty and confident woman, far from being forced or pressured into this.

''You were very much in love and from time to time, you were prepared to allow him to use your premises. You did not have a lavish lifestyle.

'“I do hope in the future you will put your family and children first. If you had done so, you would not be in the dock at all.”

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