Islington drug dealer jailed for offences committed in Harlow

Crime / Sat 25th Nov 2017 at 11:16am


A DRUG dealer, who was found with even more drugs when he was arrested a second time after failing to answer bail, has been jailed for nearly six years.

Officers from the West Operation Raptor team were patrolling the Moor Field area of Harlow on Wednesday July 19 this year when they spotted 21-year-old Ahmed Ahmed acting suspiciously.

They searched him and in his left trouser pocket he was found to be concealing 16 rocks of the Class A drugs heroin and crack cocaine. He was also found with £221 in cash.

Ahmed of Crossley Street, Islington, London was arrested on suspicion of two counts of possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply and possessing the Class B drug cannabis.

He was released on bail until October 9 this year but he failed to appear at Harlow police station.
When officers visited Ahmed’s London home to arrest him they searched the property and found two packages containing crack cocaine and heroin and a further £240 in cash. He was arrested and charged with further offences.

Ahmed pleaded guilty to four counts of possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply, one count of money laundering and a further charge of possessing the Class B drug when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Wednesday November 22.

He was jailed for a total of five years and eight months and the court also ordered the forfeiture of the cash and drugs.

Following the sentencing Sgt James Paget of the West Operation Raptor team said: “There is no doubt that Ahmed was travelling into our county to London to deal drugs.

“What he didn’t bank on was that our Operation Raptor team are ready and waiting for individuals like him who think they can come into our communities to deal drugs.

“He made a further mistake when, after failing to answer bail, he clearly thought we wouldn’t go and find him.

“We not only found him, but we found more drugs and he ended up facing further charges.

“The simple message is do not attempt to deal drugs on the streets of Essex.

“ It’s only a matter of time before they will cross our path and, like Ahmed, end up before the court and behind bars.”

Essex Police set up Operation Raptor teams in the North, South and West of the county to target those involved in drug and gang-related crime.

Anyone with information about drug or gang-related crime in their community can contact Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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