A DRUG dealer has been jailed for intending to supply class B drugs after police found a large amount of drugs in his car.

On Thursday, March 5, police officers approached a car that was parked in Donnington Gardens in Reading.

Ikram Ali, 30, of Gas Works Road, Reading, was sitting in the driver's seat when there was a strong smell of cannabis.

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Officers searched the car and found a large quantity of cannabis and attempted to arrest Ali but he fled the scene.

On March 9, officers stopped a car that Ali was driving on London Road and after a search of the car, they found a large amount of cocaine and cannabis again.

He was then arrested and charged on March 10.

The drug dealer was sentenced to three years and eight months' at a hearing at Reading Crown Court on Monday, April 8.

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Ali pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply a class B drug, namely cannabis, and two counts of possession with intent to supply a class A drug, namely cocaine.

Investigating officer, PC Zachary Rowe, of the Stronghold Team based at Reading police station, said: “We will always pursue those who seek to profit from selling drugs, carrying out thorough investigations to bring offenders to justice.

“In this case, I am pleased that Ali pleaded guilty to the offences and will now spend time in prison as a result of his actions.

“Our Stronghold team is committed to fighting, in partnership, organised crime and to stop those who seek to exploit vulnerable people for their own means.

“The true costs and impact of drug offences are significant and far reaching.

“Children as young as seven in the UK have been groomed in to the world of drugs and through our True Costs campaign we are exploring what the real harm is in taking a little cocaine.

“You can find out more on our website (https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/police-forces/thames-valley-police/areas/c/true-costs/) and get involved in the conversation using #TrueCosts.

“If you have any information about drug dealing in your community, please contact us on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”