A coke-dealing shopkeeper who kept drugs stashed inside his till has been jailed for 15 months.
A judge at Isleworth Crown Court heard Barket Azam, of Browning Way, Heston, had been a 'respected member' of the community before he was caught selling cocaine and cannabis alongside the papers and chocolate bars at his Feltham store.
The 29-year-old was caught out in June last year after a PCSO spotted wraps of cannabis in the till of Azam's Harlington Road shop as he paid for a can of fizzy drink.
Jailing him on Friday, Judge McGregor-Johnson said: "The most serious aspect of this to my mind is the fact this was a shop frequented by children, where drugs were kept around the till. I can't think of a less responsible action."
Azam, who owns the business, was arrested on June 5 2007after a raid uncovered £560 of cannabis and up to £1,000 of cocaine. On May 5 this year, Azam pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to supply class A and class C drugs, insisting he was the only person involved.
Councillors will now decide whether to suspend their licence in light of the offences committed there and Camelot, who run the National Lottery, have suspended the shop's ability to offer National Lottery products.