"he was stopped by police in a car and was found in possession of 58 wraps"
Abhijit Suklabaidya, aged 25, of Loughborough, was jailed for 26 months at Leicester Crown Court on Wednesday, July 3, 2019.
The county town drug dealer was in possession of 58 wraps of heroin and cocaine worth approximately £500 when police stopped his vehicle.
He was arrested in June 2019 and appeared at Leicester Crown Court after pleading guilty to four drug offences.
Leicestershire Police released details of Suklabaidya’s drug dealing throughout the town.
It stated that Suklabaidya admitted to selling cocaine and heroin during a drug deal near the Maxwell Drive area of the town on January 17, 2019.
On the same day, police stopped his car and he was found with 58 wraps of cocaine and heroin.
In a statement, Leicestershire Police said:
“Later the same day, he was stopped by police in a car and was found in possession of 58 wraps of class A drugs – estimated to have a street value of £500.
“At his first court appearance last month, Suklabaidya pleaded guilty to two counts of supplying class A drugs and two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.”
Abhijit Suklabaidya was arrested and detained as part of Operation Lionheart. He was sentenced to 26 months in prison.
It is a campaign which was launched to tackle drug dealing across the city and county, including the increasing problem of “county lines” dealing.
Previously, force warned that crime groups are moving young teenagers in and out of the city and county to sell drugs for them.
The practice of exploiting young people using this method is known as “county lines.”
A further defendant, Bruce Bateson, was sentenced on July 3, 2019 as part of the operation.
The 57-year-old from Loughborough admitted selling cocaine in September 2018 in the Keats Way area of the town.
At an earlier hearing, Bateson pleaded guilty to one count of supplying a class A drug.
During the hearing on July 3, he was given a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years.
A suspect, who had previously been arrested and released, was charged with one count of supplying a class A drug.
Nathan Holdom, aged 21, of Leicester, appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court but entered no plea. He is set to appear at Leicester Crown Court on August 5, 2019.
As part of Operation Lionheart, officers have executed more than 140 warrants.
Holdom’s charge takes the total number of people charged as part of the operation to 99.