Cousins jailed over drugs conspiracy

Zainul James

Zainul James

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Two cousins have been jailed after a stash of drugs was found in a food storage bag.

Zainul James, 24, of Albert Terrace, Deepdale, was jailed for 40 months by Recorder A Hudson after admitting conspiracy to supply class B drugs and possession with intent to supply class a drugs.

Victoria James, 23, of Porter Street, Preston, admitted conspiracy to supply a class B drug and was jailed for six months on Tuesday at Preston Crown Court.

The court ordered a charge for conspiracy to supply class a drugs to lie on file for each defendant.

Both were arrested after a police raid at her home.

The Evening Post understands in late September of 2013 there were a series of reported disturbances between rival organised crime gangs in the Deepdale area of Preston.

Police officers carried out a raid at a house on Porter Street a few days later on October 1.

Detectives said during the search a quantity of snap bags containing cannabis bush along with numerous telephones were seized.

Police also recovered a vehicle belonging to Zainul James.

Following a search a food bag was found in the driver’s door pocket of the vehicle which contained 13.9 grams of cocaine and 3.28 grams of crack cocaine

Overall the drugs were valued at around £1,400.

Zainul, known as Zain, is no stranger to the criminal justice system.

He was involved in the aftermath of the shooting of Deepdale man Dilbag Singh on St Paul’s Road in April 2008.

James was found guilty of torching the Renault Clio they had arrived in on Manor House Lane and in December 2008, James, then 19, was given five years for aggravated arson.