Young Middlesbrough drug dealer made £40,000 in profit in just 18 months
Waseem Shawban, 27 from Middlesbrough pleaded guilty to four drugs offenses including possession with intent to supply cannabis and possession of cocaine
An Audi-driving young dad who earned thousands of pounds dealing drugs has been jailed after he continued his illegal operation despite already being arrested.
Waseem Shawban, 27, made an estimated £40,000 profit in just 18 months dealing after selling drugs worth £151,000.
Shawban was first caught when police saw him carry out a daylight street deal while at the wheel of a black Peugeot at 3.30pm on November 18 last year on Crescent Road, Gresham,Middlesbrough.
The Peugeot was pulled over by officers on Ayresome Park Road and Shawban handed officers three bags of cannabis and was arrested.
During a search of Shawban’s then home in Ventnor Road, Linthorpe, police found cannabis worth £1,980, digital scales contaminated with cannabis, plastic bags and cocaine worth £262.
Two mobile phones were also recovered and text messages sent to Shawban which read “you got any bud in? Got a £20 bag mate? You got smoke in?”
Prosecutor Harry Hadfield said: “Asked if he was dealing drugs, he said he was because he was in debt.”
Then on May 20 while on bail police executed a warrant at a house on Northern Road, Middlesbrough, where Shawban lived with his girlfriend and 14-month-old daughter.
While police were at the property, Shawban arrived driving a silver Audi A4.
Mr Hadfield said: “He told officers there was cannabis there and also in the car he had just arrived in.”
Police found 30 bags of cannabis worth about £1,350 in the Audi A4.
Shawban admitted four offences including possession with intent to supply cannabis and possession of cocaine at Teesside Crown Court.
Brian Mark, defending, asked Judge Simon Hickey to consider a suspended prison sentence on the grounds that Shawban had already spent four months in custody and had entered guilty pleas at the earliest opportunity.
But sentencing, Judge Hickey said: “I have to regard sentencing guidelines.
“Mr Mark urges me to suspend your sentence - there is no possibility of suspending sentence.
“The second matter is aggravated by you being on bail.”
Shawban was sentenced to three years and two months in jail and was ordered to pay £1,020 costs.
Following the sentencing, Detective Constable Paul Vickers, from Cleveland Police, said: “This sentence reflects the seriousness of the offence he has been convicted of. The Community Drugs Enforcement Team are committed to tackling those who are dealing drugs of any sort on the streets of Cleveland.
“We will continue to act upon information provided by the public and would encourage those with information on drugs activity to contact the Community Drugs Enforcement Team anonymously on 0800 0929 702.”