Drug dealer jailed - Ware

02/07/2013

Drug dealer Richard Tshibango was rugby tackled to the ground by police after residents in Ware saw him acting suspiciously.

When he was searched Tshibango, who had the nickname Ace, was found to have crack cocaine and heroin on him. He was bailed and arrested again in Tottenham after supplying drugs to an undercover officer.

Today, Tuesday, 02 July 2013, Tshibango, 20, was jailed for a total of three years when he appeared at St Albans Crown Court.

Prosecutor Colin Banham said Tshibango had been seen acting suspiciously in Grange Gardens, Ware at around 11 am on 03 July last year. Police were called and saw him in Presdales Drive. When he was approached he ran off towards Hoe Lane, but was rugby-tackled, arrested and searched.

13 wraps of cocaine, 7 wraps of heroin, £160 cash and a Nokia phone was found on him. His Blackberry phone had dropped to the ground. The drugs had a street value of £400, said Mr Banham.

When his phone was examined the police found requests for drugs. Numbers found on his phone were for local drug dealers.

After being bailed, Tshibango sold heroin and crack to an undercover police officer, called Jim, in a police operation in Tottenham in January and February. He met the police officer at the Tottenham Retail Park, passing the drugs to him on five occasions before he was arrested on 06 February.

Tshibango of Stonebridge Road, Tottenham pleaded guilty to possessing crack and heroin with intent to supply in Ware. He also admitted five charges of supplying crack and heroin to the undercover police officer.

Defence barrister David Gibson-Lee said Tshibango, who had come to the UK from the Congo, was supported by his family who were in court. He had got a job after leaving school at 16, but lost it and developed a drug habit. He said a scar on his face had been caused by a drug supplier. Since being remanded in custody he had completed an English course and was learning how to cook.

Jailing him, Recorder David Mayall said: "These were extremely serious offences. You are a man with no previous convictions which make it all the more sad you should get involved in drugs."

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