Man sentenced for drug offences across Staffordshire
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A 24-year-old man has been sentenced to five years' imprisonment after pleading guilty to various drug offences in Staffordshire.
Nahum Skeete, of Oakridge Road, Birmingham was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court yesterday (Thursday 18 November) for possession with intent to supply crack cocaine (Monday 15 November), being concerned in the supply of heroin and failing to surrender to custody.
The charge on Monday 15 November relates to an incident whereby Nahum was arrested at an address with large quantities of controlled drugs and paraphernalia present - namely crack cocaine.
Officers attended an address on Bromley Close, Burton in order to locate and arrest Nahum after he failed to appear in Court for previous drug offences.
Whilst approaching the rear of the property, officers observed the defendant through a kitchen window. He was alerted of their presence and quickly made off upstairs, where officers followed to intercept.
He was re-located and detained whilst attempting to swallow a Sim Card.
A subsequent search of the property uncovered further mobile phones, scales, a ticklist and a large amount of cash.
A Drug Expert Witness tested the evidence obtained and confirmed a single block of crack cocaine - weighing 24 grams. The estimated value of this is believed to be around £2,400.
Nahum is also set to serve a driving ban of two years and six months upon his release - due to historic driving offences in the Lincoln area in 2019.
He will be required to take an extended retest after this period in-order to obtain a license.
Detective Sergeant Jon Bradbury, of Staffordshire Police Disruption Team South, said: "We are delighted with the result of this proceeding and we hope that it serves as a message to anyone involved or contemplating involvement in drug cultivation in Staffordshire.
"This case is another example of how criminals can attempt to profit from an illegal and highly dangerous activity - and we are thankful that he has been brought to justice in a timely manner.
"We urge the public to report any suspicious activity or suspected drug cultivations to police immediately. It is vital that we liaise with our communities and work together with our partners to apprehend this criminality."
If you would like to report suspicious activity in your area, contact Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter, or call 101.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.