Teenage drug dealer sent to Young Offenders' Institute - Luton

17/06/2015

Teenage drug dealer Saiyed Ali was sent to a young offenders' institute for four years on Wednesday, 17 June 2015, for dealing cocaine and heroin in Luton.

Police went to his home in Bury Park Road in the town in November of last year. In his bedroom officers found more than eight grams of heroin and some cash. But after his arrest and as he was undergoing an intimate search back at Luton police station, a further 6.18 grams of crack cocaine was discovered.

At Luton Crown Court, Daniel Siong, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said that after being granted bail, 19-year-old Ali didn't take long to pick up his bad habits again.

On April 30 this year police received calls from a mosque in Bury Park. People at the mosque were concerned that a black Ford Focus was in the car park and drug dealing appeared to be going on. Officers quickly responded and the vehicle was stopped by the police in Leagrave Road, who found Ali to be the sole occupant. On this occasion a single bag of cannabis was discovered on him but, once more, when an intimate search was carried out at the station, 29 wraps of heroin and cocaine were discovered. He also had £255 in cash on him.

Ali appeared at court via a video link with Bedford prison, where he has been held on remand. He pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing heroin with intent to supply, two charges of possessing crack cocaine with intent to supply and simple possession of the cannabis.

Mr Siong said that after his arrest back in November, officers found digital scales containing traces of boths drugs and on one of his mobile phones was evidence of drug dealing in the form of text messages and contacts.

Andrew Kerry, defending, said that up until last November Ali had been of good character. "He would like me to say he is very sorry" said Mr Kerry. He said his client had been very naive and had got involved after running up debts because of his own drug use.

Passing sentence, Judge Stuart Bridge said the value of the drugs found with Ali back in November had been £1420. The judge said Ali had been a street dealer motivated by financial reward and therefore had a significant role. "You have been very naive to put it mildly over the last 12 months," the judge said.

He sentenced him to four years detention in a young offenders' institute. Four mobile phones taken from Ali will be destroyed, along with the drugs.

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