20th Oct, 2020

'Prominent street dealer' of heroin and crack jailed for over five years

Andy Morris 10th Jul, 2020

A DRUG dealer has been jailed after police seized heroin and crack cocaine he tried to discard in public toilets.

Ahmed Habarugira was already on bail on suspicion of drugs offences when he was stopped by officers in Coventry city centre on February 4.

The 27-year-old was breaching his bail conditions by being at Pool Meadow bus station, and was taken to the nearby cubicle for a full search due to suspicions he had drugs.

He was discovered with no drugs on him but a package containing heroin and crack cocaine was found next to a toilet brush.

Habarugira – who also goes by the name Wheezy – claimed ignorance but body-worn camera footage showed he had thrown it from his back pocket as the search began.

He was already under investigation for drugs offences last September after police arrested him in Swanswell Park.

Habargira was spotted dropping bags of Class A drugs, and a subsequent search of his home led to heroin being seized from a connected outhouse.

A mobile phone which contained messages which were consistent with the supplying of drugs was also recovered.

Habarugira, of Widdecombe Close, Wood End, pleaded guilty to four counts of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.

He was sentenced to five years and four months at Warwick Crown Court on Thursday (July 9).

DC Jon Barker from Coventry Police said: “We believe Habarugira was a prominent street dealer but he won’t be seeing the streets anytime soon.

“We’ll continue to pursue those involved as we strive to drive drugs out of the city. They not only cost lives but lead to further crime to fund habits.”

To report suspected drug dealing, contact police via Live Chat, call 101 or call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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