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Man jailed for more than three years for drugs supply offences in Southampton

A man has been jailed for three years and six months for drugs supply offences in Southampton.

Shiraz Ahmadzai, aged 19, from Cobden Avenue, Southampton was jailed at Southampton Crown Court today (7 September) after pleading guilty to three counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs – cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin at an earlier hearing.

The court heard that on Thursday, 7 January, officers attended an address on Northam Road, Southampton. When they knocked the door, an officer who was standing at the rear of the address, watched a man come out of the back door and throw a package over a neighbouring fence before going back inside.

The package was subsequently located in the neighbouring garden and found to comprise three smaller packages of suspected Class A drugs.

Following examination, it was confirmed that the package contained cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin, with a combined street value of £4980.

Ahmadzai was later charged with three counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. He pleaded guilty to all three counts at Salisbury Crown Court on 27 July.

Appearing at Southampton Crown Court Tuesday, 7 September, Ahmadzai was jailed for three years and six months.

Detective Constable Simon Wyeth from Southampton CID said “This is an excellent result following a great piece of work by officers from the High Harm Team, and the Criminal Investigation Department who brought this investigation to court.

“Drugs supply is often connected to associated crime including serious violence and the exploitation and abuse of vulnerable adults and children, which is why tackling drugs remains one of our priorities.

“We are committed to keeping our communities safe and we encourage anyone who suspects drug related activity to be taking place in their area to contact us. Every call you make helps us to build a stronger intelligence picture and enables us to take action. Call us on 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/