Drug dealer given a chance to prove he can lead a law-abiding life

Photo: KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Sessions House, Preston
Photo: KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Sessions House, Preston
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A DRUG dealer who was caught with cocaine and £4,000 cash in his house during a police raid has had his sentence deferred by a judge to give him a chance to lead a law abiding life.

Preston’s Sessions House court heard new dad Waqaar Ahmed, 23, of Alert Street, Preston, was from a privileged background but had become addicted to cocaine within two months of taking the drug.

He was arrested when traffic officers stopped a red Ford Focus car on Lowthorpe Road in Deepdale, Preston, on September 5 and found wraps of cocaine inside.

Ahmed’s family watched from the public gallery as prosecuting, Peter Barr said: “The officer thought he could smell cannabis and explained he intended to search the car. From the passenger footwell he retrieved two Kinder eggs containing seven wraps of cocaine and £395 cash.

“Police searched his home address. Eight further wraps of cocaine were found. Also found at the home address was £4,000 cash.”

The court heard the cocaine in the car was worth £280 and the cocaine in the house was valued at £320.

Defending, Russell Davies said: “He had a good education, is intelligent, bright and able, and has a good work ethic.”

He said Ahmed, who has a four week old son, had started taking cocaine last June and within two months was consuming five wraps a day.

He had started dealing to friends due to his habit.

Judge Jonathan Gibson, deferring sentence, said if Ahmed could prove he had continued to lead a law abiding life he would suspend his jail term on October 17.

Ahmed agreed for police to confiscate the £4,000 to avoid financial crime proceedings.