A DEALER caught with more than 60 wraps of Class A drugs and £500 in cash in Bournemouth has escaped an immediate prison sentence.

Qamar Anthony-Sampoh admitted two charges of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply when he appeared at Bournemouth Crown Court.

The 21-year-old, from St Peter's Grove in London, was given a two-year jail term, suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work in the community.

At around 2.20pm on Friday November 22 2019 an officer on patrol in the area of Grove Road saw two known class A drug users who appeared to be waiting for someone.

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They were then involved in an exchange with someone in a vehicle and the car, a Volkswagen Polo, was later stopped by the officer in Derby Road. The vehicle then drove off into the grounds of a nearby property.

Officers attended and Anthony-Sampoh was seen to discard something over a fence. He was detained for a drugs search and the item he had thrown was recovered.

It was found to be a bag containing around £500 in cash. The defendant then alerted officers that he had swallowed three wraps of class A drugs and had further drugs concealed on his person.

Officers then found a further 50 wraps of crack cocaine and 16 wraps of heroin.

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Police Constable Stuart Grant, of the Bournemouth South Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "We are committed to tackling the supply of class A drugs in our communities.

"Through our proactive patrols we were able to identify Qamar Anthony-Sampoh as someone involved in the drugs supply chain and bring him before the courts.

"I would urge anyone with information about suspected drug-related activity to contact us at dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101."