Drug dealer addicted to cocaine came from 'privileged background'

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A drug dealer who was caught with cocaine and £4,000 cash in his house during a police raid has had his sentence deferred by a judge to give him a chance to lead a law abiding life.

Preston's Sessions House court heard new dad Waqaar Ahmed, 23, of Alert Street, Preston, was from a privileged background but had become addicted to cocaine within two months of first taking the drug.

He was arrested when traffic officers stopped a red Ford Focus car on Lowthorpe Road in Deepdale, Preston, on September 5 last year and found wraps of cocaine in two Kinder egg during a search.

Ahmed's family watched from the public gallery as prosecuting, Peter Barr said: "The officer thought he could smell cannabis and explained he intended to search the car.

"From the passenger footwell he retrieved two Kinder eggs containing seven wraps of cocaine and £395 cash.

"Police searched his home address. Eight further wraps of cocaine were found. Also found at the home address was £4,000 cash.

The court heard the cocaine in the car was worth £280 and the cocaine in the house was valued at £320.

Defending, Russell Davies said his good background aggravated the matter adding: "He had a good education, is intelligent, bright and able, and has a good work ethic."

He said Ahmed, who has a four-week-old son, had started taking cocaine last June and within two months was consuming five wraps a day.

He had started dealing to friends due to his habit.

Mr Davies said in one sense his arrest had been a "positive thing" as it had stopped his drug use.

Judge Jonathan Gibson said he would defer the sentence and if Ahmed could prove he had continued to lead a law abiding life he would suspend his jail sentence.

The court heard he had agreed for police to confiscate the £4,000 to avoid Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings.

He will next appear on October 17.