A dealer has been banged up for four-and-a-half years after cops found 250 bags of drugs following out a routine stop of his car.
Eagle-eyed officers spotted the Seat Leon as they were driving through the Sherwood area of Nottinghamshire.
Suspecting it was being used in criminal activity, they followed it onto Sherbrook Road where they brought it to a halt.
As they were speaking to the driver, Raja Ahmed, they noticed a powerful smell of cannabis was coming from the car.
The car was searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act and officers recovered more than 30 deal bags concealed in seat pockets, in the footwell and also the centre console of the car.
Officers also seized five mobile phones as well as a quantity of cash which was also with these bags of cannabis.
Ahmed was initially arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs.
After being brought to custody, a further Section 18 search was given the green light at Ahmed’s home address and another car, a Volvo, parked outside.
When they opened the car, using keys seized from Ahmed, they found ten bags of cocaine, white crystals found to be MDMA, two carrier bags altogether containing more than 250 deal bags of cannabis as well as a set of scales.
Twenty-eight-year-old Ahmed, of Colwick Road, Sneinton, was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday (6 August 2021) after pleading guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and two counts of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs.
Sergeant Keith Parkes, from Nottinghamshire Police, who investigated the case, said:
“This was great work by attentive officers who spotted a suspicious vehicle and ultimately found a significant supply of Class A and Class B drugs.
“Whilst possessing and supplying is a crime itself, this can very often be linked to wider and organised criminality. This is why we are committed to tackling such issues and bringing those to justice who we find in possession of cannabis, cocaine, or any other illegal substance.
“Ahmed was very clearly dealing. There were over 250 bags of drugs, including cocaine and MDMA which are in the most serious category, as well as a number of mobile phones and equipment which are all used in drugs supply.
“It is extremely positive for us and for the community to have a dealer off the streets for a number of years to come and a large quantity of drugs out of circulation. We welcome this result at court; we hope it serves as a warning to those involved in drug dealing and also that the sentence gives Ahmed time to reflect on the harm he was causing by supplying drugs.”