Man sentenced to prison following drug related offences
Ibrahim Mohamed, 27, from Burchetts Close, Haywards Heath, West Sussex appeared in Guildford Crown Court on Tuesday, 31 July, after pleading guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs crack cocaine and heroin. He was sentenced to 31 months imprisonment for each count, to be served concurrently. This was part of the Surrey crackdown into county line drug dealing through Operation Viking.
On Friday, 13 April 2018, officers on patrol on London Road, Redhill stopped a silver Mazda 6 car. Mohamed, a passenger in the vehicle, was searched under Section 23 Misuse of Drugs Act and found to be in possession of a smartphone and a large amount of cash. Mobile phones, Vaseline, hand sanitizer and baby wipes were also found inside the vehicle. A strip search of Mohamed revealed further evidence leading officers to believe that he was concealing drugs internally. On Saturday, 14 April 2018 Mohamed was charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs cocaine and heroin.
An application was made at Staines Magistrates Court on Sunday, 15 April 2018 for Mohamed to remain in police custody under S152 Criminal Justice Act 1988 due to concerns that he was internally concealing drugs. On Tuesday 17 April 2018 whilst in police custody, Mohamed passed a package containing 55 wraps of heroin and 73 wraps of crack cocaine, which had a combined street value of roughly £1300.
Detective Constable Helen Rackstraw, who is part of the Operation Viking team said: “This is a fantastic result for the Redhill community. Mohamed was part of an active county lines drug ring and bringing him to justice has contributed towards disrupting organised drug dealing in Surrey.
“By working with local residents and our partner agencies we can make our communities safer; encouraging anyone facing a battle with drug addiction to reach out and get help. We want to show the dealers out there how seriously we are taking their offending and that this behavior will not be tolerated in Surrey.”
If you have information about suspected drug dealing or crime in your area, contact Surrey Police by calling 101, always 999 in an emergency.
If you don’t want to speak to police, you can anonymously call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
What are the signs of potential drug dealing:
- Lots of visitors, who don’t stay very long, arriving at all times of the day and night
- People waiting in cars outside particular properties exchanging small packets or cash
- Lots of visitors bringing items such as T.V's or bikes but leaving empty handed
- Lone/vulnerable neighbours suddenly having groups of unfamiliar people living at their address
What we want to know:
- Time, date and place
- Vehicle registrations and the make, model and colour
- Descriptions of people and details of what they were doing
- Direction they travelling to and from
- How many times you have seen them – is it always at the same time of day?
Take care to not put yourself at risk while gathering this information. Please always pass the information to the police and do not confront or approach suspected drug dealers.