Drug addict jailed for dealing to feed his own class A habit
A DRUG addict found with 28 wraps of crack cocaine bound for Easton's streets has been jailed for two years and nine months.
Ali Yousefi-Dibazar, 44, was stopped and searched by police as he walked along St Mark's Road on the evening of last August 23.
Prosecuting at Bristol Crown Court, Richard Posner said the defendant had 28 wraps of crack of 18 per cent purity, weighing 8.95g in total.
They had a street value of £440 and he also had £350 in cash and two mobile phones on him at the time.
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When police searched his home in St Mark's House, Belmont Street, they found another £130 in cash, weighing scales, razor blades and a number of rolls of cling film – believed to be used for sorting out the drug deals.
The court heard Yousefi-Dibazar had 22 previous convictions, 21 of which were for shop-lifting and the other for stealing a bike.
He admitted possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.
Mitigating, Matthew Comer said his client had been addicted to drugs – namely crack and heroin – for the past 20 years.
"Mr Yousefi-Dibazar was essentially selling drugs in order to feed his habit," he told the court.
Judge Geoffrey Mercer QC deemed that the dealing had been done not only to fund his habit, but also for some financial benefit.
Jailing him for two years and nine months he said: "You surely must have known, as anybody knows, that if you involve yourself in street dealing like this you're looking at going to prison."
Judge Mercer ordered that £440 in cash be confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act, and ordered the drug paraphernalia be destroyed.