After a two-day trial, a 33-year-old man has been convicted of drugs offences, totalling £2,000, and locked up for five-years.
Rebez Saleh, formerly of Carwood Green, Sheffield, denied the three counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs but was found guilty on Tuesday, 18 June at Sheffield Crown Court.
Saleh was seen acting suspiciously and loitering on Spital Hill on Tuesday, 12 September last year by officers from Sheffield Tasking Team.
Officers stopped Saleh and searched him and the surrounding area, locating a kinder egg containing 11 wraps of heroin and 14 wraps of crack cocaine, with a street value of around £200. He was arrested at the scene and later released under investigation while further enquiries were made to secure a charge against him.
Despite his arrest, Saleh continued to flout the law and deal drugs. He was arrested again just over a month later on Monday, 16 October, after he attempted to run from officers in the Burngreave area and was seen to throw a package that landed on the roof of a business premise on Hallcarr Street.
PC Sean Campbell from Sheffield Tasking Team said: “I am pleased he is now in prison and another drug dealer is off the streets, and I hope this result sends a clear message to anyone else who thinks they are above the law that they will be caught and brought to justice.”
When the package was retrieved, 17.8g of crack cocaine was discovered with a street value of around £1800.
Saleh was later charged with three counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs for both incidents and remanded into custody until his court appearances.
PC Sean Campbell said: “Sheffield Tasking Team are continuously out on proactive patrols in the Spital Hill and Burngreave areas, catching Saleh in possession of large amounts of class A drugs twice in just over a month, which is a clear indication he had no respect for the law or the detrimental effect it would have on the people he was dealing to.
“Saleh did not care he was in full view of people in the Spital Hill area of Sheffield when he was dealing drugs, and couldn’t even own up to his offending at court, choosing to enter a not guilty plea to his crimes.
“I am pleased he is now in prison and another drug dealer is off the streets, and I hope this result sends a clear message to anyone else who thinks they are above the law that they will be caught and brought to justice.”
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