Graduate from ‘respectable family’ turned to drug dealing

A graduate from a “respectable family” who began taking drugs “recreationally” with friends and then moved into dealing is starting 2022 in prison.

When Emdad Rahman was stopped in his car by police in the early hours he was found to be in possession of a stash of cocaine and cannabis along with £670 in cash. Messages found on the 21-year-old’s phone showed he was advertising the drugs, as well as the powerful anaesthetic ketamine, to customers in Swansea and Cardiff.

Swansea Crown Court heard the defendant had completed a university degree in accountancy and finance just weeks before he got involved in dealing and had been hoping to pursue a career in banking.

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Dean Pulling, prosecuting, said Rahman’s activities come to the attention of police in Swansea in November 2021 when a drug user attempted to buy narcotics from an undercover officer in New Cut Road. On the user’s phone was a number listed as “Ash” which was in fact the defendant.

The prosecutor said that at around 3.40am on November 18 police spotted Rahman’s Vauxhall Astra car parked on The Strand with the engine running. There was a strong smell of cannabis in the vehicle, which prompted the officers to conduct a search. Police uncovered a stash of cocaine and cannabis with a combined value of around £435 along with £620 in cash. The driver was then given a roadside alcohol breath test, which he failed. A subsequent evidential test at the police station showed the defendant had 58mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

An examination of Rahman’s iPhone showed messages relating to the supply of cocaine, cannabis, and ketamine in Swansea and Cardiff in various amounts along photographs of piles of cash and a so-called dealer’s “tick list” of 90 names with quantities supplied and monies owed. One message the defendant had sent read: “Active with best of both. Best flake [a reference to cocaine] and ket in Swansea.”

In his subsequent interview Rahman maintained that the drugs found in his car were for personal use, and he said the money seized by police was winnings from a casino in Cardiff.

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Rahman, of Gower Road, Killay, Swansea, admitted possession of cocaine with intent to supply, possession of cannabis with intent to supply, and driving with excess alcohol. He has no previous convictions.

Rhodri Chudleigh, for Rahman, said the former Olchfa School student had completed a degree in accountancy and finance at Swansea University in the summer of 2021 with hopes of pursuing a career in banking but those years of study had now been lost to him.

He said his client had started taking cocaine and cannabis “recreationally” with friends but soon found his job as an Amazon delivery driver didn’t pay enough for him to be able to buy drugs.

The advocate said Rahman came from a “professional family” and he knew he had let them down. He added: “He will pay a high price for his behaviour in the autumn period.”

Judge Huw Rees said the defendant was an “educated man from a supportive and respectable family” and he didn’t need the court to lecture him about the insidious effects of drugs. He added: “You have not been brought up to behave in this way.”

With a one-quarter discount for his guilty pleas Rahman was sentenced to 38 months in prison for the drugs offences with two months for the drink-driving offence to run concurrently. He will serve up to half that period in custody before being released on licence to serve the reminder in the community.

The defendant was disqualified from driving for 18 months with the ban extended by an additional 19 months to cover the period he will be behind bars.

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