A drug dealer who targeted students near a Preston college has been jailed for five years.
Suleman Shah, 21, of Ruskin Street, Preston, who attacked police with a claw hammer when they tried to arrest him, has also been banned from entering the Frenchwood and Avenham areas for five years after he is freed from prison.
After a four-day trial, a jury at the city’s crown court found Shah guilty of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply. He admitted possessing an offensive weapon and assaulting a police officer.
The court heard Shah’s arrest came after concerned residents alerted police to drug activity in Avenham. It followed the successful Operation Nemesis in which police removed a drug gang from the neighbourhood.
After inquiries involving the local neighbourhood policing team, Shah was detained on Smith’s Recreation Ground, in George Street, with a large quantity of Class A drugs. During the arrest he produced a claw hammer and assaulted one of the officers.
PS Scott Archer, who took part in the operation, said: “We are pleased with the outcome because it means Shah will not be able to go back into that part of Preston when he eventually gets out of jail.
We are pleased with the outcome because it means Shah will not be able to go back into that part of Preston when he eventually gets out of jailPS Scott Archer
“It is a huge result for the residents in that area who have been very concerned about this going on in their community. This man was targeting students at the nearby Cardinal Newman College.
“We are grateful to the residents for coming forward and making us aware of the issues.
“The five-year criminal behaviour order will protect that community when he is released. He will not be able to enter both Avenham and Frenchwood unless he has written permission from the police.”