TWO men have been convicted of county lines drug dealing which saw them supplying class A drugs in Leamington.
Janade Tariq, aged 26 of Wash Lane, Birmingham, and Arman Ali, aged 22 of Brickhouse Lane, Birmingham, both appeared at Warwickshire Crown Court on Thursday (April 15).
On Monday March 15, plain clothed officers saw a drug deal in Grove Street. A short time later, a black Renault Clio was found on St Mary’s Road, with Ali sat in the driver’s seat.
Police searched an area off the road, where they found Tariq returning to the vehicle.
After a short chase – where Tariq threw four parcels into a bush in front of police – Tariq was detained and arrested, and Ali was subsequently arrested for being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.
When the Clio was searched, £4000 of cash was found in the glove compartment, as well as two mobile phones containing drug-related evidence.
The parcels were recovered and were found to contain 92 wraps of crack cocaine and 63 wraps of heroin.
Tariq was also found with over £2500 of cash and a mobile phone with him.
In court Tariq pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs. He was sentenced to five years and eight months in prison.
Ali pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of class A drugs. He will be sentenced on May 10.
Det Con Jamie Ball said: “This investigation found Tariq and Ali had been travelling from Birmingham to deal drugs in the Leamington area – an activity known as county lines drug dealing.
“Illegal drugs bring misery to not only those who use them, but also to the local community. We are proactively targeting county lines drug dealing in Leamington and using the powers we have to make sure the supply is disrupted.
“I hope this sentence acts as a deterrent to others and goes some way to reassuring the public we will thoroughly investigate all drugs activity so we can bring offenders to justice and protect our communities from harm.”