Court: Man had 152 wraps of drugs inside him

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A SUSPECTED member of a gang of Somali drug dealers operating in Peterborough has been locked up after 152 wraps of narcotics were found inside his body.

Abdulrazaq Abdi (20) had been under police surveillance in Peterborough for sometime before he was arrested on suspicion of having drugs to supply.

Peterborough Crown Court heard that while police could not find drugs in his clothes or possessions when they arrested him they were certain that he had Class A drugs and must have put them inside his body.

Detectives applied to magistrates to hold Abdi in custody for eight days - the normal length is five days - on suspicion he had secreted the drugs in his anal passage.

After being arrested on February 23, and for a time refusing food and water, Abdi made the incriminating bowel movement four days later.

In his faeces officers discovered a package containing 48 wraps of heroin, 102 wraps of crack cocaine and two further wraps which were not examined. The estimated street value of the drugs was £1,520.

He appeared at court for sentencing after having already admitted two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

He was sentenced to 40 months detention at a Young Offenders Institution for each offence to run concurrently.

Judge Nic Madge said: “Police are to be commended for appreciating the likelihood the defendant had secreted the drugs and obtaining an order allowing them to hold him until such time as he was forced to the pass drugs. That was intelligent and effective policing.”

The court was told Abdi, of Kelly Road, London, had travelled from the capital to Peterborough to distribute the drugs.

Judge Madge said: “Police intelligence is that you are a member of an organised Somali gang which has come to Peterborough to try take over drug dealing after police successes in eliminating local drug dealers.”

Abdi was arrested after being observed by police on two previous occasions in suspicious circumstances.

Vivienne Tanchel, in mitigation, stressed her client’s youth, his early guilty plea and said he felt “shame and embarrassment” following his actions. A forfeiture and destruction order was made for the drugs and a phone seized in the investigation, along with a forfeiture order for £265 in cash also relevant in the case.

Afterwards, Det Chief Inspector Jon Hutchinson said: “Our tactics resulted in drugs being recovered and deterred other criminals.”