Jail for drug
An Albanian drug dealer who was caught in Hertford with 16 wraps
of cocaine will be deported once he has served half of a
three-and-a-half year jail sentence.
Alexs Vecani, who had entered the UK illegally, was stopped
while driving a green Peugeot in the town centre just before 7pm on
Tuesday 24 February this year.
The police searched the car and found the 16 wraps hidden
underneath the plastic housing for the gear box and handbrake. £345
was also seized from 24-year-old Vecani.
Prosecutor Daniel Siong told St Albans crown court on
Tuesday that Vecani gave the arresting officers false
details and a fake Italian driving licence. He answered 'no
comment' to police questions.
Vecani, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to possessing Class
A drugs with intent to supply and possessing another person's
identity documents. He had no previous convictions.
Sean Smith, defending, said: "He has had the good sense to plead
guilty on the first opportunity.
"He travelled to the UK illegally and found he was unable to
work. Mr Vecani fell into the company of older men who provided him
with the means to set himself up to deal drugs. He was acting on
instructions and believed he would receive commission. He had not
yet been paid, but accepts he would have received financial
Judge John Plumstead jailed him for a total of
three-and-a-half-years - with 2 and a half years for the drug
offence and a further 12 months for having the fake identity
The judge told Vecani: "People who deal in Class A drugs always
go to prison. At the half way point of your sentence you will be
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