A 20-year-old drug dealer from Reading has been jailed for more than four years.

Feiysal Ahmed, of no fixed address, was seen by police officers exchanging drugs in Merchants Place in November 2017. He was swiftly arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and was later charged.

He was found guilty by a majority jury at Reading Crown Court on Friday (May 11) following a two-day trial.

Following the guilty verdict, Ahmed was sentenced to four years and six months in prison.

The sentence comes as part of Thames Valley Police's Operation Stronghold, which aims to reduce serious and organised crime in the region through disrupting drug networks and sharing information to with partners to protect those made vulnerable to drug addiction and abuse.

PC Zachary Rowe of the Reading Stronghold team said: “This is a case involving county line drug dealing, where drug dealers travel from London to deal drugs in our local communities.

“Reducing drug dealing and the harm drugs cause is a priority in Reading. We will continue to safeguard vulnerable members of our community and tackle organised drug dealing by ensuring those who seek to bring harm to our region are put before the courts.”