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Dealer caught with 260 cannabis plants

DODGY: Police described drug dealer Majeed as a relentless crook

A MANCHESTER man who was caught a number of times with drugs, cash and stolen mobile phones has been jailed.

Usman Majeed, 23, of Broomfield Drive, Cheetham Hill, was found guilty after a trial at Manchester Crown Square Crown Court of possession of cannabis with intent to supply, possession of a class A drug with intent to supply and two counts of money laundering.

He also pleaded guilty to two counts of handling stolen goods and an offence under the Identity Card Act (attempting to use someone else’s passport) at an earlier hearing.

Majeed was sentenced to a total of five years and nine months in prison on Tuesday 19 January 2010.

On 21 January 2009, Majeed was caught with a van full of cannabis plants after police attended an address on Almshill Road in Cheetham Hill. The house the van was near to also had cannabis plants inside.

In total, 260 plants were seized.

While Majeed was bailed for this offence, he contacted a police officer asking that property belonging to him that was seized by the police on 11 May 2009 be returned.

Large amounts of cash, bankcards, a number of mobile phones and a driving licence in Majeed’s name were seized from his house on Broomfield Drive after a warrant was executed there as part of Operation Esk, a Greater Manchester Police crackdown on the supply of class A drugs in Cheetham Hill.

The driving licence and bankcards were returned, but the cash was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act. Police inquiries established that the mobile phones had been stolen from women in bars in Manchester city centre in April and May 2009.

On 23 June 2009, officers went to Majeed’s house to arrest him on suspicion of stealing the phones and money laundering, and found him carrying even more cash.

When he arrived at the police station, he asked an officer if he could go to the to toilet. When alone with an officer, he showed him a package in his jacket pocket. Tests revealed that the package contained crack cocaine. Majeed was bailed for these further offences.

On 21 July 2009, Majeed tried to leave the country with a significant amount of cash. He was arrested at Manchester Airport after trying to board a flight to Dubai with his twin brother’s passport.

Detective Sergeant Damien Gething said: “Our investigation has shown that Majeed is a relentless crook who will do almost anything to make money.

“He abused the police bail system as our inquiries into him continued, and I am glad that we have finally found justice.

“Not only did he handle stolen goods, he also had in his possession cannabis and crack cocaine, drugs we have worked hard to ensure don’t blight the communities of Cheetham Hill.”

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