Homeless drug dealer is jailed for three years
A HOMELESS man caught supplying Class A drugs on the street has been jailed for three years.
An observant policeman spotted Abdifatah Abdulahi appearing to make an exchange in Stapleton Road, Bristol Crown Court heard.
Police arrested him and recovered a bag of heroin and cocaine with a street value of £780.
Abdulahi, 21, pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine and heroin with intent to supply in September last year.
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The Recorder of Bristol His Honour Judge Neil Ford QC told him: "You are a low level street dealer. There is no suggestion that you have benefited greatly from drug trafficking."
The judge ordered that all drugs found in the case be destroyed.
Richard Posner, prosecuting, said PC Williams was on duty in Stapleton Road around 6pm when he spotted Abdulahi "loitering" in a shop doorway.
Mr Posner said: "He had followed two men who talked to the defendant.
"The defendant shook hands with one of the men and there appeared to be an exchange, which the Crown says was drug-related.
"PC Williams stopped the defendant and the defendant seemed surprised.
"He had a glazed-look, he was unsteady and he seemed to be under the influence of something."
The court heard Abdulahi made off when a search was attempted but other police joined PC Williams and the suspect was arrested.
It was discovered he had been carrying a bag which contained ten deals of 21 per cent pure cocaine and a further deal of heroin which had been cut with painkiller and caffeine and was just seven per cent pure.
A phone found on him contained texts related to drug supply, Mr Posner said.
On the day before the arrest someone had even asked for heroin and cocaine in exchange for a pair of headphones.
Abdulahi made no comment when interviewed.
Robin Shellard, defending, said: "This man had no stock, he had little money about his person and was either homeless or with relatives.
"He is on benefit and has no previous convictions (for drugs offences)."
Mr Shellard said his client's drugs were found to be low purity and there was no suggestion it was he who cut them down with other substances.
"He is not a drug addict but he allowed himself to be used by others," Mr Shellard said.