South Yorkshire man found with £16k cannabis stash admits dealing charge

A South Yorkshire man is facing a lengthy prison sentence after he was found with £18,600 in cash and a cannabis stash worth more than £16,000.

Wednesday, 20th March 2019, 4:33 pm
Updated Friday, 22nd March 2019, 5:35 pm

Shoaib Rasaq, aged 25, admitted possession of cannabis with intent to supply and possessing criminal property, relating to a cash sum of £18,600, during a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court.

Both offences were committed on February 17 last year.

Louise Gallagher, prosecuting, told the court the 1,657 grams of cannabis that Rasaq, of Doncaster Road, Rotherham, was found with were believed to have a street value of £16,500.

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Imran Khan, mitigating, said Rasaq had pleaded guilty on the basis that he was acting as a ‘courier’.

Ms Gallagher said the Crown did not accept Rasaq’s basis of plea.

The Recorder of Sheffield, Judge Jeremy Richardson QC, replied: “I’m not sure I do.”

Mr Khan added: “This young man is addicted to cocaine, and as a result of his drug debt he has been forced into acting as a courier.”

The court was told Rasaq was convicted of drugs offences in 2012, and was also hauled before the courts in 2016 and 2017 for unrelated crimes.

Mr Khan asked if the case could be adjourned for the preparation of a pre-sentence report, to which Judge Richardson responded by saying the main consideration for the court would be deciding ‘how long’ Rasaq was jailed for.

Judge Richardson adjourned the case until April 8 for sentence, and released Rasaq on bail.