Man jailed for possessing cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply - Luton

16/06/2013

A Luton man, who was driving through Harpenden late one night, had good reason to be concerned when police stopped him behind the wheel of his VW Golf.

In the car , Schahjahan Ali had thirty wraps of cocaine, two mobile phones and almost £1500.

Ali who came from a respectable and law abiding family back in Luton, had decided to go into the drug supply business.

Also found on him that night were four bags of cannabis.

At St Albans Crown Court,  Ali, 22, who recently graduated from the University of Bedfordshire appeared for sentence for two offences of possessing cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply.

The court heard that after being stopped by the officers in Luton Road, Harpenden, in the early hours of March 13 this year, officers went to his home in Radnor Road in Luton to see if he had any more drugs.

In his bedroom police opened a safe to find 9 small bags of cocaine and a further £700 in cash.  A further £200 was found in a jewellery box.

For his shocked family,  it was the first they knew that Ali had got involved in the murky world of drug dealing.

Back at the station,  Ali admitted to police he had been out that night delivering drugs.

He said he had been buying cocaine by the ounce for about a month and splitting it into smaller bags which he sold for £40 a time.

Judge Michael Baker was told Ali had left university with a degree Information Technology.

Passing sentence Judge Baker told Ali he had set himself up as a drug supplier so that he could "keep up with his friends."

The judge told him "This was your own operation so your role was a leading one"

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