Erratic driver jailed for posession of drugs - St Albans

05/07/2013

Police found six bags of high-strength cocaine when they stopped Mosin Ali who was driving erratically along in Marshalswick Lane, St Albans.

When officers went to his home they found more cocaine, scales, a small amount of cannabis and a total  of £1,730 cash.

His phone was examined and found to contain messages relating to drug dealing .

David Chrimes, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said, the 40 grams of cannabis had a street value of £2,000.

Ali, 37,  of Beech Road, St Albans, today, Friday, 05 July 2013, at St Albans Crown Court, pleaded guilty to possessing 40 grams of cocaine with intent to supply on 11 January this year. He also admitted having a small amount of cannabis.

Anthony Bramley, defending, said Ali, who worked as a delivery driver,  fully accepted responsibility for the drugs. He moved to Hertfordshire from Wales and had not been before the courts since 2006.

He said: "He became dependent on drugs about a year ago after the breakdown of a long-standing relationship. It started as a weekend activity but the use became daily.

"Then he sold cocaine to pay for his use of the drug. "

After his arrest in January he said he had taken full advantage of the Hertfordshire Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service and is now drug free.

Jailing him for 21 months, Judge Andrew Bright QC said: "When you are involved in street dealing of Class A drugs you can expect a custodial sentence."

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