A MAN caught dealing drugs in Bournemouth town centre was holding a Kinder Egg packed with crack cocaine and heroin.

Amir Mahdi Nabidoost caught the attention of officers in Post Office Road back in November 2019.

Bournemouth Crown Court heard that he was in possession of 29 wraps of class A drugs.

Nabidoost, now aged 20 and of East Barnet, appeared in the dock for sentencing at the court on Monday, almost two years after the offence.

Prosecuting, Barry McElduff said at the time of the drug dealing the defendant was a young man of previous character.

Bournemouth Echo: He was caught in Post Office Road, BournemouthHe was caught in Post Office Road, Bournemouth

“On November 5, 2019, police officers witnessed him doing a drug deal,” said Mr McElduff. “They approached Mr Nabidoost as he was about to complete that deal.

“As they witnessed the deal, they could see he had a Kinder Egg in his hand. When they seized that it was stuffed with 29 wraps of class A drugs.”

The court heard the Kinder Egg contained 19 wraps of crack cocaine and 10 wraps of heroin.

In police interview, the defendant gave no comment to all questions asked of him.

Nabidoost pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing a class A drug with intent to supply.

Mr McElduff said in relation to the sentencing guidelines, the Crown considered Nabidoost was playing a lesser role in the drug operation.

Bournemouth Echo: Amir Nabidoost outside Bournemouth Crown CourtAmir Nabidoost outside Bournemouth Crown Court

Mitigating, Nick Robinson asked the judge to implement a sentence that would allow Nabidoost to go from strength to strength in his rehabilitation.

Judge Stephen Climie said the defendant was “ripe for the picking” from those higher up the drug supply chain when he became involved in the criminal conduct.

He said this did not excuse the decision Nabidoost took to involve himself in the supply of class A drugs but it “explains your behaviour to a significant degree”.

“Since your arrest in November 2019, you have not been involved in any other criminal activity and the prosecution put these offences in a category, which if there had been a trial, require a sentence in the region of three years in prison,” said Judge Climie.

“The time that has passed, your guilty plea and the fact that you have been on a qualifying curfew tag allow me to reduce any sentence to 18 months imprisonment.

“When a sentence of that length is suggested, the court must consider whether it is appropriate to suspend the sentence or find an alternative to immediate custody.

“In my judgement, this is a case where your prospect of rehabilitation and avoiding the criminal justice system are significantly enhanced if I do not send you straight to custody.”

Judge Climie imposed a three-year community order, with requirements to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and up to 40 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

He also ordered forfeiture and destruction of the drugs.

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