Man dealt drugs to pay for bets and champagne
A MAN on benefits who dealt drugs because he enjoyed gambling, and swigging brandy and champagne has been jailed for more than two years.
When arrested Abdi Ali – who had the nickname AK47 – was also found to have photos on his phone of bundles of cash and him holding money.
The 28-year-old was at Bristol Crown Court for sentence after admitting charges of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and possession of a large kitchen knife.
Jailing Ali, of Brynland Avenue, Bishopston, for two years and six months, Recorder Robert Linford said: "What you did causes untold misery to those addicted to drugs.
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"People who become involved in trafficking of narcotics like you must expect prison sentences when they are caught."
Earlier Virginia Cornwall, prosecuting, said Ali had been caught with drugs on two occasions – September 16 last year and January 8.
"In September he was seen by officers on Seymour Road with the junction of Stapleton Road.
"He seemed to be conducting a drug deal with another male and on seeing police he ran away.
"When police caught him there was a black handled kitchen knife close by. He admitted the knife was his and that he carried it for protection because he had been attacked before.
"At the police station he was strip searched and in his pants officers found a bag containing wraps of heroin and cocaine with a street value of £1,200. His home address in Easton was then also searched and scales were found which he claimed were for weighing weed.
"On January 8 police again attended his home after an incident and when he opened the door he was holding a large knife by his waist.
"When he was searched he was again found to have wraps of drugs including heroin and crack cocaine.
"The wraps had a phone number written on them which the Crown say was his number so they could ring for more drugs when they needed them.
"In total the drugs found on him on this occasion were worth £320.
"A mobile phone found had pictures of the defendant – known on the street as AK47 – with money and of bundles of cash. He told police he was an addict who was on benefits but liked to drink champagne and brandy. He said he had enjoyed a big win at Coral."
Miss Cornwall said he had previous offences for violence and dishonesty but nothing for drugs.
Nicholas O'Brien, defending, said Ali came to England to Somali when he was five but never fitted in.
"It is accepted that he is a low-level street dealer," Mr O'Brien said.
"He was inclined to drank brandy and champagne heavily and it was expensive."
Mr O'Brien said Ali had suffered with some mental health problems since his arrest.