A kilo of weed and £7k cash were found in this man’s Gloucester house just 19 days after a previous police raid
He’s been jailed
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- 11:57, 13 NOV 2017
Just 19 days after having his home searched for drugs by police, a 45-year-old Gloucester man was found to have over a kilo of cannabis on the premises when officers returned for a second raid in August this year.
Javid Tagari, of Blenheim Road, Gloucester, was given a two year jail term at Gloucester Crown Court after he admitted being in possession of cannabis with intent to supply on both August 5 and 24 this year.
Judge Michael Cullum heard that as well as drugs with a street value of £13,520, a total of £7,353 in cash was found.
Tagari also admitted offering to supply a class B drug, namely cannabis, between May 31 and August 6 this year. The evidence of that offence was found on his mobile phone. The court was told it showed him to be a ‘low level cannabis dealer’.
Prosecutor, Janine Wood, explained that Tagari came to the police’s attention on August 5 when they saw a vehicle that he was driving on Corinium Avenue apparently racing another car.
When they stopped Tagari’s car they noted a smell of cannabis, and although Tagari passed a roadside drug screening swab, the officers conducted a search of his home.
During the search 22.4 grams of cannabis was found with an estimated street value of £224. Officers also found cash totalling £6,548, and two mobile phones which were seized and examined.
Mrs Wood said the analysis of the phones showed: “Communications relating to the supply of drugs, and that the controller of the phone was a low level cannabis dealer.”
This led to the second search on August 24 and when police attended Tagari told them: “There’s a kilo of weed in the shed.”
Mrs Wood said that the officers found a large bag of cannabis in the shed. It weighed of 1,042 grams and had a street value of £10,420.
Further cannabis was located at the property, taking the total amount found to 1,351.4 grams.
The police also found another £805, taking the amount of money seized to £7,353. The judge ordered that all the cash will be forfeited under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Mrs Wood said Tagari had eight previous convictions for 27 offences – but none for supplying drugs.
Tagari’s lawyer, Steven Young, said he recognised “the significant aggravating feature was the second offence, committed whilst on bail for the first”.
Mr Young added: “He is 45 and lives with one of his sisters. His three children aged 18, 12 and 10 also live there. His sister doesn’t have a partner, and his wife now lives in India. They are separated. He has had the care of his children for a number of years.
“Courts frown upon drug offences in sight of children, but the drugs were in the outhouse. No drug paraphernalia was in the house. He tried to ensure the children did not come into contact with drugs.
“He has had a cannabis addiction since aged 15. He has used cannabis on and off for many years. He has also used more serious drugs including cocaine.
“He was not working, had a drug addiction, and he was gambling. He was selling cannabis to friends, and the proceeds went on to buying other drugs to use and also sell on.”
Mr Young said that his client had long gaps between his previous convictions.
He said: “Those gaps were principally when he was working, and was buying cannabis with wages from his job. He worked for Royal Mail for about four years and was well respected.
“This year he has been selling cannabis to fund his habit. He has never been to prison prior to these offences being committed.
“He was released after the first incident and then three weeks later the police go again to his address and he has bought a significant amount of cannabis.
“The pre-sentence report proposes a suspended sentence. He has had periods where he has contributed to the community. He hasn’t always been a bad man, a pure criminal. I still ask Your Honour to consider a suspended sentence, if that is not an option then to impose the least sentence in accordance with your duty” Mr Young concluded.
The judge said: “What makes this particularly serious is obvious. You were stopped on August 5, and you got yourself back in business by August 24, 19 days later.
“Putting it bluntly you had £10,000 of cannabis, a large amount. There should be, and there will be consecutive sentences, but I bear in mind the total sentence you will receive.
“This was a significant commercial operation.”
The judge imposed 12 months jail for the offences on August 5 and 12 months consecutive for the August 24 offences, making a total of two years immediate custody.
He's been jailed