Pair from London jailed for drug dealing from Norwich flat they 'invaded'
PUBLISHED: 14:01 30 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:03 30 January 2018
Two London drug dealers “invaded” the property of a vulnerable Norwich woman and used it as a base to sell cocaine and heroin, a court heard.
Jamal Uddin, 27 and Shaedur Rahman, 24, both from London, were caught at the flat in Albert Place, Norwich, after the frightened woman confided to her support worker that her flat had been “cuckooed” by a gang selling drugs, Norwich Crown Court was told.
John Livingston, prosecuting, said the support worker told police what was happening and when police raided the property on August 17, last year, they found Uddin and Rahman at the flat and recovered 35 wraps of cocaine with a street value of £350 and 24 wraps of heroin worth about £240. Police also found £180 in cash and mobile phones, which contained drug dealing messages.
Both men pleaded guilty to possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.
Uddin was jailed for three years six months and Rahman, who appeared via video link from prison, where he is serving five years 10 months, was jailed for 14 months which he will have to serve at the end of his present sentence.
Jailing them, Judge Stephen Holt said: “This woman’s property was invaded by you in what is known as cuckooing. You took over her property for a short period of time to use it as a base for the supply of drugs.”
He said their action of moving into the property had caused the woman “worry and stress.”
However he accepted their dealing had been at a lower level as they had both acted as runners for dealers higher up the chain.
“It is you that is exposed and it is people like you that tend to get arrested.”
He said they were seen by those higher up who were making the money as “expendable troops.”
Adil Syed, for Uddin, said that his case was at the lower end.
“He was a runner. He was given a job to do.”
He said that Uddin had a drugs debt and said: “This was his way to pay it.”
He said that Uddin was married with a young child.
Kerry Moore, for Rahman, said he deserved credit for his plea and said the totality of any sentence imposed should be considered.
He said that Rahman had been sent to deal drugs in Norwich by others higher up the chain.
“He does however accept responsibilty for his offending.”