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Three jailed after two kilos of cocaine found on dining table

8 June 2018 Local News


Three men have been jailed for conspiring to supply two kilos of high purity cocaine, which was found on a dining table by officers searching a Stoke house.

Imthiaz Ghulam, David Gregory and Ubaid Rehman were all jailed yesterday (June 7) at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court for conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Ghulam, aged 27, was sentenced to 7 years 1 month; Gregory, aged 25, was jailed for 6 years 9 months; while Rehman, aged 34, received a 6 years 4 months sentence.

The men pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

The court heard that on the evening of March 16 a blue Audi Q3 was waiting outside the address of Gregory in Trecastle Grove, Lightwood, Stoke. The driver and sole occupant was Rehman, of Rushton Grove, Cobridge, in Stoke.

The officers noted a blue Audi RS3 pull up, driven by Ghulam, of Heron Street, Stoke, who was with Gregory. Ghulam and Gregory went into the house, followed a few seconds later by Rehman, who was carrying a white bag.

A couple of minutes later Rehman came out of the property without the bag and was detained on the driveway by officers who then went into the house.

Two large brown-taped packages were found on a dining room table and seized. These packages contained two kilos of high purity cocaine, with a street value of around £160,000.

Officers also seized large amounts of cash (around £6,100) from a holdall and a kitchen cupboard. Ghulam and Gregory were arrested.

Detective Inspector Phil Bryan, of the Regional Organised Crime Unit, said: “We welcome these sentences as we will not tolerate drug dealing in Staffordshire.

“We will work hard to bring offenders before the courts. This was a large amount of cocaine which was clearly destined for the streets of Stoke-on-Trent before good work and intelligence gathering led to its confiscation and these men’s prosecution.”

If you suspect drug dealing in your community please call Staffordshire Police on 101 or the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.


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