Cannabis dealer jailed - Bedford


Police who forced their way into the house of a suspected Bedford drug dealer found a haul of cannabis with a street value of £16,000.

Not only that, but Albanian Geraldo Baci had £5000 in cash at the house in St Michaels Road.

At Luton Crown Court, Judge Michael Kay QC told Baci it was obvious he had played a significant role in a chain of supply. "You were trusted to a large degree to have the money and a large amount of cannabis," he told Baci who lived at the house with his wife.

The Judge said that while others were involved, Baci had chosen not to name them to the police. He jailed Baci, aged 25, a joiner, for a total of 22 months after he pleaded guilty to possessing a quantity of cannabis with intent to supply, possessing criminal property in the shape of the £5000 found at his home, and posssessing a counterfeit Greek driving licence for use in fraud.

Prosecutor Elaine Freer told the court how, on the morning of 22 June this year, police went to the Baci's home armed with a search warrant. The court heard the officers were forced to break into the property because of the delay Baci took in opening the door. Having asked Baci if he had "anything illicit" in the property, officers then began a search and it wasn't long before they discovered five large bags of cannabis in a bedroom. When arrested by the officers, Baci was adamant that his wife was not involved. Miss Freer said that in addition to the drugs, the police found £5000 cash in coat pockets belonging to Baci.

As the search continued of the house and a car outside, the counterfeit Greek licence was discovered along with a list which showed the price of drugs Baci was willing to supply.

The court was told police experts had worked out the value of the cannabis found at the house had a street value of £16,000.

Judge Kay was told Baci had been approached and persuaded to become involved in the drugs supply chain by others not before the court. Sentencing Baci, Judge Kay told him: "This was clearly a substantial operation."

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