Accounts student Tanaka Nzira jailed for selling heroin in Derby
A UNIVERSITY student who dealt drugs has been locked up for more than four years after selling heroin in Derby.
Tanaka Nzira was studying for a degree in accountancy when police searched his Renault Megane in the Morledge and discovered thousands of pounds' worth of drugs.
Sending Nzira to a young offenders' institution for four years and four months, Judge Michael Fowler said: "You're 20 years old and, although your history isn't entirely trouble-free, you haven't been before the courts when you were convicted of anything approaching the seriousness of this matter.
"Your role was significant as far as a street dealer is concerned."
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Derby Crown Court heard that, inside the car, officers found almost 195 grammes of heroin, £40 of cannabis and £40 of cocaine.
Nzira, of Brading Close, Alvaston, also had £355 of cash on him.
It was not revealed in court which university he attended.
Sarah Allen, prosecuting, said officers then searched his bedroom and found 232 grammes of heroin.
She said the total estimated value of the heroin was between £9,000 and £21,000.
Nzira admitted possessing heroin with intent to supply, possessing cocaine and possessing cannabis.
Justin Ablott, in mitigation, said: "It took some considerable courage to admit this.
"It's been a nightmare for the family as a whole. This is a son and brother of some considerable promise.
"He had begun a university course in accounting and you can imagine the despair of the family to find out he had become involved with drugs."
Mr Ablott said Nzira was a "casual" cannabis user and the man supplying it to him had offered him a chance to pay off some debts.
Mr Ablott said: "It was a huge mistake. It was supposed to be a short-term fix to deal with the debt, rather than something for the future. He is hugely remorseful."