Wednesday 27 April 2016

UK Court Sentence 29-Year Old Nigerian To Prison For Drug Possession

Man jailed for drug offences

According to the Metropolitan Police, Michael Awotunde, 29, a convicted drug dealer who was arrested after police forced his car to stop on a motorway has been jailed for over seven years after pleading guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Michael Awotunde - 29 (19.04.86) of no fixed abode was jailed for seven years and nine months on Monday, 25 April after pleading guilty to:

- possession of heroin with intent to supply - seven years' imprisonment;
- possession of crack cocaine with intent to supply - seven years' imprisonment (to run concurrently);
- possession of a bladed article - nine months' imprisonment (to run consecutively);
- driving without insurance - disqualified from driving for three years;
- driving not in accordance with a licence - no separate penalty.

Awotunde was arrested after the car he was driving was forced to a halt by marked police cars as it travelled north on the M11 between Harlow and Bishops Stortford. Awotunde had previously failed to stop for police.

On searching him, officers found a package containing 104 wraps of crack cocaine and 37 wraps of heroin. Awotunde was also found to be in possession of a lock knife. After analysing his mobile phone, text messages were found which appeared to show people contacting Awotunde with a view to purchasing drugs from him.

He was charged and subsequently pleaded guilty at court on 25 April - he was sentenced on the same day.

During sentencing it was heard that Awotunde's had been convicted of drugs offences on two previous occasions. Given this was his third drug related offence, Awotunde was sentenced to the mandatory seven year term.

Detective Constable Gareth Starr of the Trident and Area Crime Command led the investigation. He said:

"The weight of evidence against Awotunde meant he had no choice but to plead guilty at court to these offences and he will now spend a considerable amount of time in prison.

"I hope his conviction sends a strong message to those who believe they can profit from dealing drugs - you will be arrested and put before the courts to face the consequences of your actions."

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