Drug dealer caught with 27 bags of cocaine hidden in a sock

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A drug dealer was caught by the police driving around Cardiff with 27 bags of cocaine worth more than £1,000 and a fake driving licence.

Bledar Mahmutaj had put the bags of white powder inside a sock in the steering column of the car and he gave officers a false name when they searched him.

Cardiff Crown Court heard the defendant was seen driving a Vauxhall Meriva in Richmond Road at 10.45pm on November 8.

Ruth Smith, prosecuting, said officers followed him through the Butetown Tunnels and pulled him over in Ferry Road. He initially claimed his name was Christos Papadopoulos and he was from Greece.

Officers searched the car and found a black sock in the steering column which contained 27 grip-seal bags of white powder. Ms Smith said: “During the search the defendant admitted the licence which had been found by officers was false.”

Inquiries revealed he had previously shown that licence to an officer at the scene of a collision in Salisbury Road on October 27.

Mahmutaj was arrested and did not reply to the caution. Police seized £640 in cash along with two mobile phones.

Analysis showed the defendant had just over 10g of cocaine at 84% purity with an estimated street value between £1,080 and £1,356.


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Mahmutaj, 23, from Albany Road in Cardiff, admitted possessing cocaine with intent to supply and possessing an identity document with improper intention.

He was joined in the dock by an Albanian interpreter and the court heard he had no previous convictions in the UK.

When the car was searched Mahmutaj told officers it was difficult for him to find legitimate work because he had come to the country illegally. The court heard he came to the UK 18 months ago hoping to find work but could not do so, because he did not have the correct documents.

He started doing building work and was paid cash in hand and turned to drug dealing because he wanted to support his partner and her child. His counsel said he realised he had made a mistake and wanted to return to Albania where his family lives.

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Judge Michael Fitton QC jailed Mahmutaj for three years and six months. He must serve half of that in custody and then be released on licence. An order was made for the drugs to be destroyed.

The judge said: “The authorities will make their on decisions about your deportation – that is not a matter I control.”



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