A 21-year-old man caught with £1,500 of crack cocaine on a city street has ruined his plan to work in the security sector, a court has heard. Mohamed Ibrahim had a clean record with his sights firmly on a door staff job, having obtained a certificate from the Security Industry Authority (SIA).
However, Leicester Crown Court was told the drugs conviction had now affected opportunities which might otherwise have been available. Ibrahim, of Christow Street, St Matthews, Leicester, admitted possession with intent to supply 42 grams of a Class A drug, 60% purity, on Saturday January 15 this year.
Officers stopped and searched the accused, who was with three other people, in Halstead Street, Spinney Hills at 9.40pm. Prosecuting Lucia Harrington said the cocaine was concealed in the defendant’s clothing as a single piece – not separated into transactions.
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There was no evidence of drug trafficking on the two Ibrahim cell phones that were examined. He was carrying £27 in cash and no large sum was recovered elsewhere.
The court heard that these circumstances supported Ibrahim’s assertion, to an author of the pre-sentence report, that he was not a dealer and was merely dealing crack cocaine for an unidentified person. He was also found in possession of a small amount of cannabis which did not imply any further action by Leicestershire police, the court heard.
A narcotics officer estimated the overall value of the crack to be £1,500. However, they suggested he could have fetched up to £4,200 on the streets.
Mitigating Michael Garvey said: “His family is in court today and the references speak well of him. He is a well-liked and respected young man who has no previous convictions. It is very unfortunate as he qualified with an SIA security badge and that certificate will have to be returned.”
Mr Garvey told the judge: ‘There is a realistic prospect of rehabilitation in his case.’ He added that Ibrahim was not employed at the time of the offense but hoped to perform security work at the gate.
The court heard Ibrahim was previously a recreational user of cannabis, which Judge Philip Head said could have adverse effects on people’s mental health and lead to harder drug use. Since his arrest, the defendant had spent two and a half months in pre-trial detention.
At sentencing, Judge Head said: “There are good things to be said about you because you have never been in trouble before and you are only 21. You were found in possession of 42 grams of crack cocaine, which were undivided and you are not street traffic.
“You’re more likely to be storing it for someone, but I’m convicting you on the facts and not on what you said to the probation officer (who prepared the pre-sentence report).”
Ibrahim was sentenced to 16 months in prison, suspended for two years. The judge ordered him to undertake a 25-day rehabilitation activity “to enable you to understand what is reasonable to do in the future”.
Ibrahim was also subject to a four-month electronically monitored domestic curfew, between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.