Stu­dent faces jail then de­por­ta­tion af­ter drugs find

Court: Yus­suf Ad­edeji tried to flee the coun­try

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

A stu­dent who claimed he was drug-deal­ing to pay his univer­sity fees was yesterday jailed for four years and 145 days.

Yus­suf Ad­edeji, 20, who was study­ing at Robert Gor­don Univer­sity in Aberdeen, was caught af­ter he threw a ruck­sack con­tain­ing drugs and his McDon­alds staff dis­count card out of a win­dow.

Ad­edeji, who is Nige­rian, was held af­ter a raid at his flat in Bel­mont Road, Aberdeen, on July 8 this year.

Po­lice sub­se­quently seized £140,000 of il­le­gal sub­stances from the ruck­sack and his flat, in­clud­ing co­caine, ec­stasy, cannabis, ke­tamine and a tran­quil­lizer al­pra­zo­lam.

At the High Court in Glas­gow, Ad­edeji, who was un­der­tak­ing a sur­vey­ing course at RGU, pleaded guilty to a string of drug sup­ply charges.

Yesterday, judge Lord Burns told Ad­edeji: “You called ap­pear to have de­lib­er­ately in­volved your­self in drug deal­ing for a three-month pe­riod and you did so to get money for your study ac­tiv­i­ties.

“You were on a visa which al­lowed you to stay in this coun­try and not to get in­volved in drug deal­ing.”

The court heard that af­ter be­ing charged and re­leased on bail and or­dered to hand over his pass­port within 24 hours, Ad­edeji tried to flee the coun­try on July 12.

He first called po­lice to claim he had been ab­ducted and robbed and then used his tem­po­rary free­dom to at­tempt to flee the coun­try, board­ing a bus to Lon­don en-route to a flight that would have taken him to Nige­ria.

Po­lice were able to stop the bus as it ar­rived in Lan­caster and he was QUARRY AND CON­CRETE PROD­UCTS ■ sub­se­quently held be­fore be­ing taken back to Scot­land.

Lord Burns jailed Ad­edeji for four years on the drugs charges and a fur­ther 145 days for his at­tempt to flee the coun­try.

De­fence coun­sel Gra­ham Robert­son said: “He has no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions.

“He says he fled be­cause he was scared.

“He had just com­pleted his first year at univer­sity and made a wrong de­ci­sion that he must now pay for.

“He tells me he did it to get money for his univer­sity course.”

Ad­edeji was caught af­ter po­lice got a tip-off that he may have chucked a bag of drugs out his win­dow.

“And you did so to get money for your study ac­tiv­i­ties”

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