Nursery worker's selfie with boyfriend exposed her double life as drug dealer

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A tin was discovered in a bedroom wardrobe that contained wraps of heroine to the estimated value of £43,000, as well as white rocks that tested positive as crack cocaine (GMP)
A tin was discovered in a bedroom wardrobe that contained wraps of heroine to the estimated value of £43,000, as well as white rocks that tested positive as crack cocaine. (GMP)

A nursery worker and mother-of-three who helped her boyfriend traffic heroin and crack cocaine was caught when detectives found a selfie of the pair on her phone.

Umi Noor, 37, kept over £110,000 worth of hard drugs at her home in Moss Side, Manchester, where she was raising her children aged 15, 13 and 10, a court heard.

She used her earnings at a children’s nursery to lease cars, which her 28-year-old boyfriend Michael Hassan used to distribute the drugs around Bolton, and was setting up a takeaway in the town to launder their drug money.

When police raided her property in November 2019 and found the stash in her bedroom wardrobe, Noor claimed it was left there by her boyfriend ‘Rico’ and insisted she had no knowledge of it.

Umi Noor denied her connection to Michael Hassan until police found the selfie on her mobile phone (gmp)
Umi Noor denied her connection to Michael Hassan until police found the selfie on her mobile phone. (Greater Manchester Police)

However, detectives found pictures of the pair on her phone, revealing ‘Rico’ was in fact Hassan, as well as messages indicating they were running the Bolton supply network together.

Receipts found in the house revealed 10 different cars used by Hassan had been rented by Noor to throw detectives off the scent.

The couple were jailed this week for a total of 10 years at Manchester Crown Court.

Hassan, who is currently in prison for previous drugs offences, was sentenced to six years, eight months in prison, for possession with intent to supply and conspiracy to conceal criminal property.

Andrew Evans, prosecuting, said: "He did not permanently live with her, but stayed for periods of time on a number of occasions.

Umi Noor was caught when police found a selfie of her and Hassan on her mobile phone (gmp)
Umi Noor was caught when police found a selfie of her and Hassan on her mobile phone. (Greater Manchester Police)

"When he did, he used her house to “bag up” and store his drugs, his cash and his 'dirty' phones."

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Michael Hassan, who is currently in prison, has been sentenced to six years, eight months in prison, for possession with intent to supply and conspiracy to conceal criminal property. (gmp)
Michael Hassan, who is currently in prison, has been sentenced to six years, eight months in prison, for possession with intent to supply and conspiracy to conceal criminal property. (Greater Manchester Police)

Noor, who was cautioned for allowing a previous boyfriend to grow cannabis in 2015, was also said to have been the first port of call for street dealers who needed to be ‘restocked’ but could not get through to Hassan.

She "did not take steps to stop her boyfriend and was fully aware of the scale and profitability of the enterprise she was supporting", Evans added.

In mitigation, defence lawyer Nicola Gatto said her client "bitterly regrets" leaving her life "in ruins" but was a victim of "emotional exploitation" by Hassan.

The court heard Noor suffered physical abuse from her father for refusing an arranged marriage at 14 and ended up in debt and tax arrears after divorcing her husband of 10 years.

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