Drug dealer caught flushing cannabis down toilet at his home in Leeds

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A drug dealer who was caught flushing cannabis down the toilet during a police raid at his home in Leeds has been sent to prison.

A court heard West Yorkshire Police officers executed a search warrant at Sarwat Mahamed’s home on Lascelles Road West, Harehills, on March 24 this year.

Officers forced their way into the property and saw Mahamed flushing items down a bathroom toilet.

Stephanie Hancock, prosecuting, said Mahamed admitted that he had been flushing away cannabis. A small amount of the class B during was found still in the toilet.Other small amounts of cannabis were found in the kitchen. A total of £2,500 in cash was also found in Mahamed’s jacket pockets.

Leeds Crown Court heard Mahamed was subject to a suspended prison sentence at the time of the incident for an offence of possessing cannabis with intent to supply imposed in October last year.

Mahamed, 33, had been arrested at his property and £2,500 worth of cannabis was seized during an operation in which is house had been put under surveillance by police. Mahamed pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis and breach of a suspended sentence order.

The court heard he has previous convictions for burglary and failing to comply with court orders.

Shufquat Khan, mitigating, said the offences had been committed because he was a heavy user of cannabis.

Mr Khan said Mahamed had managed to keep his job as a bricklayer and was receiving help for his drug addiction.

Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, jailed Mahamed for four months.

He said: “Those who commit offences during the currency of a suspended sentence must expect to serve the sentence.”

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