A crack and heroin dealer known as 'Pacman' has been jailed after police in Manchester conducted an elaborate undercover sting at a newsagents.
Shahrukh Fayyz denied several drug charges but did not attend a trial at Manchester Crown Court, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Fayyz was convicted in absentia of possessing cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin with intent to supply.
Earlier this month the man was sentenced to four years and six months in prison at another hearing, leading to police starting a search for Fayyz.
Community members provided evidence, meaning the police could track the drug dealer down to the Levenshulme area of Manchester.
On Wednesday (July 19) he entered a newsagents but was unaware that six supposed customers in the shop were actually police officers.
He was arrested and taken to Manchester Crown Court on Thursday (July 20) so that his prison sentence could begin.
PC Garry Higginson has said: “We have taken a high-profile drug dealer off the streets who was also linked to organised crime in the Cheetham Hill and north Manchester areas.
“The length of sentence means he won’t be on the streets to cause any harm and misery to other people or deal drugs for a very long time.
"This arrest was made possible by the community, who provided us with valuable intelligence.”
Police had arrested Fayyz in February after he was found to have class A drugs in his car. Police then carried out a raid at his home address in April and found more class A substances.