body of ev­i­dence

Po­lice had long wait af­ter man hid 152 drug wraps in his body

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By DAVID SEY­MOUR david.sey­mour@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­david­sey­mour

A SUS­PECTED mem­ber of a gang of So­mali drug deal­ers op­er­at­ing in Peter­bor­ough has been locked up af­ter 15 wraps of nar­cotics were found in­side his body.

Ab­dul­razaq Abdi (20) had been un­der po­lice sur­veil­lance in Peter­bor­ough for some­time be­fore he was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of hav­ing drugs to sup­ply.

Peter­bor­ough Crown Court heard that while po­lice could not find drugs in his clothes or pos­ses­sions when they ar­rested him they were cer­tain that he had Class A drugs and must have put them in­side his body.

De­tec­tives ap­plied to mag­is­trates to hold Abdi in cus­tody for eight days - the nor­mal length is five days - on sus­pi­cion he had se­creted the drugs in his anal pas­sage.

Af­ter be­ing ar­rested on Fe­bru­ary 23, and for a time re­fus­ing food and water, Abdi made the in­crim­i­nat­ing bowel move­ment four days later.

In his fae­ces of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered a pack­age con­tain­ing 48 wraps of heroin, 102 wraps of crack co­caine and two fur­ther wraps which were not ex­am­ined. The es­ti­mated street value of the drugs was £1,520.

He ap­peared at court for sen­tenc­ing af­ter hav­ing al­ready ad­mit­ted two counts of pos­ses­sion with in­tent to sup­ply Class A drugs.

He was sen­tenced to 40 months de­ten­tion at a Young Of­fend­ers In­sti­tu­tion for each of­fence to run con­cur­rently.

Judge Nic Madge said: “Po­lice are to be com­mended for ap­pre­ci­at­ing the like­li­hood the de­fen­dant had se­creted the drugs and ob­tain­ing an or­der al­low­ing them to hold him un­til such time as he was forced to the pass drugs. That was in­tel­li­gent and ef­fec­tive polic­ing.”

The court was told Abdi, of Kelly Road, London, had trav­elled from the cap­i­tal to Peter­bor­ough to dis­trib­ute the drugs.

Judge Madge said: “Po­lice in­tel­li­gence is that you are a mem­ber of an or­gan­ised So­mali gang which has come to Peter­bor­ough to try take over drug deal­ing af­ter po­lice suc­cesses in elim­i­nat­ing lo­cal drug deal­ers.”

Abdi was ar­rested af­ter be­ing ob­served by po­lice on two pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions in sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances.

Vivi­enne Tanchel, in mit­i­ga­tion, stressed her client’s youth, his early guilty plea and said he felt “shame and em­bar­rass­ment” fol­low­ing his ac­tions. A for­fei­ture and destruc­tion or­der was made for the drugs and a phone seized in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, along with a for­fei­ture or­der for £265 in cash also rel­e­vant in the case.

Af­ter­wards, Det Chief In­spec­tor Jon Hutchinson said: “Our tac­tics re­sulted in drugs be­ing re­cov­ered and de­terred other criminals.”

CAUGHT: Ab­dul­razaq Abdi, who had 152 wraps of Class A drugs in his body.

SEN­TENCED: Ab­dul­razaq Abdi, who had 152 wraps of Class A drugs found in his fae­ces.

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