Drug dealer jailed - Hemel Hempstead

18/12/2012

Police caught a drug dealer with cocaine and heroin hidden inside him after raiding a home in Hemel Hempstead.

University student Wasim Shah was found sitting, fully-clothed, on the toilet in the bathroom at the house in Eastwick Road on 27 June, St Albans Crown Court heard on Tuesday, 18 December 2012.

Sally Mealing-McLeod for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that after Shah, 21, had been taken to hospital, 66 wraps of crack cocaine, and 30 wraps of heroin with a street value of £1,000 were recovered.

She said: "He was trusted with cash and drugs."

At the scene Shah was searched and £316.50p and three mobiles were recovered.

He was taken to the police station and, and after questioning, he agreed to be taken to Watford hospital where the packages were recovered.

When questioned, Shah said he had been working for a man he had met at a bus stop. He said he had been paid £270 up front to deliver the drugs.

Shah of Kenley Avenue, Barnet, London NW9, pleaded guilty to possessing 8.39 grams of crack cocaine with intent to supply, and 3.23 grams of heroin with intent to supply. He had no previous convictions, but had a reprimand for shoplifting.

Alison Morgan, defending, gave the judge references on Shah's behalf. She said his parents were ill and he was supported in court by two older brothers - one who works for Royal Mail and the other studies International Business.

She said: "It was a very stupid decision. He has pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and has low-risk of re-offending. He deeply regretted what he has done. He is a very timid young man who did this for small financial gain."

Jailing him for two and a half years, Judge Stephen Gullick said: "You come from a good, respectable hard-working family. You feel you have let them down. You took the decision to get involved in the supply of Class A drugs. This was an extremely serious offence."

The judge ordered that the cash found on Shah and the phones are forfeited.

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