Drug dealer jailed - Welwyn Garden City

23/06/2016

A Somalian man, who was dealing heroin and cocaine to pay back a 500 drug debt, was jailed for 67 months and 10 days today, Thursday, 23 June 2016.

Mohammed Nur, aged 31, had just been released from prison when the police raided an address in Mill Green Road, Welwyn Garden City last November.

Michael Speak, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) told St Albans Crown Court that he tried to flush one bag of drugs down the toilet, but it was recovered by an officer. Four separate bags of heroin, weighing 15 grams, deal bags of cocaine, and a lump of the drug, weighing in total 66 grams, were seized. Nur handed over a small amount of cocaine that he had on him. 710 was also found in a chest of drawers.

Mr Speak said Nur had signed a disclaimer in relation to the cash, which will now be used by the police against drug crime.

Nur pleaded guilty to possessing heroin and cocaine with intent to supply and possession of cannabis on 12 November last year. He had three other convictions for dealing in Class A drugs as well as offences of theft and handling.

Mohammed Bashir, defending, said: "He had been released from prison shortly before this offence. He had left prison drug-free, but owed money to people in the background for early drug debts. He had no job and the only way he could pay them back was to deal in drugs." He said Nur had applied for a course to gain entrance to a university.

Jailing him, Judge Andrew Bright QC said Nur had an "appalling record." He said that his previous drug trafficking offences meant his was liable for a minimum 7-year sentence, but he gave him a 20 per cent reduction on the sentence for his guilty plea.

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