Drug dealer jailed - Cheshunt

02/08/2013

Police found a secret compartment in Abdul Bello's car containing wraps of heroin and cocaine. It happened after they had stopped him on the A10 near Cheshunt in his Vauxhall Astra on the night of 28 May last year.

After pulling him up he was searched and an officer saw what he thought was drugs hidden down his underpants. At that point Bello, 21, of Bedford Road, Edmonton, made a run for it and disappeared into bushes. He was arrested a short while later, but by then what had been down his trousers had gone.

However, St Albans Crown Court heard today, Friday, 02 August 2013, that when a police dog was brought in to sniff for drugs in Bello's car the secret compartment was found by the handbrake, which was found to contain 139 wraps of crack cocaine and 9 wraps of heroin.

Bello appeared for sentence today after being found guilty of possessing a quantity of heroin with intent to supply, and possessing a quantity of crack cocaine with intent to supply.

At his trial Bello had denied all knowledge of the drugs being in his car, but the court heard today that following his conviction and remand in custody he now accepted he knew the drugs were there.

Passing sentence on him, Judge Andrew Bright QC told Bello he had become involved in drug dealing while a student at Brunel University where he had been on a degree course studying Economics.

The judge said there was no doubt he had sold drugs to fellow students to fund his own lifestyle, which included drugs and gambling.

"You were no runner, but operating on your own and your role was to make money for yourself," he told Bello.

He jailed Bello for 42 months.

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