Man jailed after drugs found in his car during police search in St Albans
PUBLISHED: 16:10 23 October 2020 | UPDATED: 16:10 23 October 2020
A man has been jailed after police found drugs in his car following a search in St Albans.
Umar Baig, 26, from Luton, was sentenced to three years and six months after being found in possession of both Class A and Class B drugs in the city last month.
He pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs (cocaine), possession with intent to supply Class B drugs (cannabis), possession of criminal property, and a breach of a suspended sentence.
St Albans Crown Court heart how officers stopped Baig’s vehicle on Hatfield Road, at around 3.30pm on Wednesday September 9.
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Officers noticed the vehicle smelt strongly of cannabis, and the occupants and vehicle were searched under Section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act. A large quantity of both cocaine and cannabis was found in the vehicle and Baig was arrested at the scene.
Officers then attended his home address to conduct a Section 18 search, where further drugs were found, as well as nun chucks, several mobile phones and almost £7,000 cash.
Det Con Geoff Webb, who investigated the case, said: “I am pleased that another drug offender has been taken off our streets. Drugs can have a hugely negative impact on our communities, and have particularly devastating consequences for vulnerable members of our society.
“We are dedicated to disrupting this type of criminality in Hertfordshire, and I hope that the custodial sentence Baig has received serves as a warning to others who choose to involve themselves in this sort of criminal activity: it will not be tolerated.
“We are always working to gain intelligence on criminality involving drugs, and I would urge any members of the public who suspect there is drug activity in their local area to please report it to us.”
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