Cabbie cleared of conspiracy to supply drugs

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A taxi driver has been cleared of any involvement in a conspiracy to supply class B drugs in Preston.

A jury at Preston Crown Court found Atif Raja, 23, of Tennyson Mill Court, Ribbleton, not guilty following a trial in the city.

His co-accused, Farhan Shakir, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class B dugs and possession of cocaine on the second day of the trial.

Judge Christopher Cornwall ordered the jury to return guilty verdicts to the charges following the admissions by Shakir, 31, of Blundell Road, Fulwood.

Two other men, Asrer Khan, 28, of no fixed address, and Ibrar Khan, 30, of Dove Street, Preston, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class B drugs at an earlier hearing.

During the trial the court was told of a plot to supply large quantities of cannabis from the West Midlands to Preston, generating large quantities of cash.

The men will be sentenced at a later date which has yet to be confirmed.