Cannabis dealer jailed - Luton

17/03/2017

Luton cannabis dealer Waseed Aslam was jailed for 2 and a half years today, Friday, 17 March 2017, after being found with nearly 7 kilos of the drug.

Aslam, aged 22, had jumped out of the Mercedes he was driving when he was followed by a police officer in a cul-de-sac. He threw the drugs that he was carrying away and was discovered crouching in a driveway, Luton Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Richard Mandel said it was in the early afternoon of 26 January this year that he was followed by the officer. Aslam accelerated away and drove into Oakley Close. He got out of the Mercedes and ran down an alleyway, carrying a light green shopping bag. "He was pursued by the officer, was found crouching down in a driveway and was arrested," said Mr Mandel.

A member of the public told the officer he had seen him discard the bag near an electricity sub-station. When the bag was examined, the police found two freezer bags of herbal cannabis, scales, a large number of deal bags and 18 deal bags of cannabis.

Aslam's family home was searched and, in the loft, more cannabis was found. Around £9,000 of cash was also recovered.

In total, the cannabis weighed 6.869 kilos and had a street value of between £59,000 and £98,000, said the prosecutor.

Aslam, of Vestry Close, Luton, appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply. He had 4 previous convictions for 7 offences, including a conviction for supplying cannabis.

Paula Bignall, defending, said he was dealing cannabis to pay off a £5,000 debt he owed for losing drugs when he was arrested previously. She said those higher up the drugs chain realised it was safer to store drugs at Aslam's family home, rather than draw attention to themselves. He can't assist in providing details of those higher up the chain because there would be consequences. After this experience, he will not be resorting to criminality again," she said.

Jailing him, Judge Barbara Mensah told him: "You have a previous conviction for dealing cannabis. Nothing has deterred you."

Confiscation proceedings are to be held at a later date.

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