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CAUGHT OUT: Drug dealer jailed for 12 months after arrest in Watford

 Published on: 30th October 2020   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

A cannabis dealer who was caught “red handed” in Watford was jailed for 12 months today (Friday, October 30).

Waqaas Hussain, 24, was spotted by the police driving a car in Exchange Street, Watford 3am on January 27. Officers followed him into Clarendon Road, where it was stopped.

Thirty-two grams of cannabis was found, with a street value of between £180 and £360. £125 cash was also seized, St Albans Crown Court heard.

Drugs supply messages were found on a Nokia phone, said Grace Ong, prosecuting.

When drug tested, Hussain gave a THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) reading of 2.5, which indicated the level of cannabis in his body. The legal limit is 2.

He was not insured to drive the car, which also had two bald front tyres.

Hussain, of Weatherby Road, Luton, appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply, having no insurance, driving a car in a dangerous condition and driving under the influence of drugs.

He had previous convictions for possessing cannabis, driving under the influence of drugs and affray.

Dan Taylor, defending, said: “At the centre of this lies Mr Hussain’s long-standing addiction to class B drugs. He was a low-level street dealer. He was selling cannabis to fund his habit. “

He said his arrest was a “wake up call” for Hussain, who was an intelligent man with 13 GSCEs and two A Levels.

He has now sought help from a drug addiction charity, said Mr Taylor.

Jailing him, Judge Richard Foster said: “You have an entrenched cannabis habit. At the age of 24 you have suffered anxiety and depression, no doubt caused by your drug use.

“You were prepared to inflict on others the misery you have undergone.”

The judge banned him from driving for three years on his release from prison and ordered that the £125 found on him should be forfeited.

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