Trio face jail after £33k cocaine deal broken up in Suffolk village street
Three men are facing jail for their part in a £33,000 cocaine deal thwarted by police.
Ryan Oyeyemi, 26, from the Bury St Edmunds area, Adenis Laho, 37, of no fixed address in London, and Klaus Saliraj, 26, of Pasteur Close, London, have all admitted being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.
A sentencing hearing opened at Ipswich Crown Court on Thursday, with jail terms expected to be handed down by Judge Emma Peters on Friday.
A fourth person, Lacey Taylor, 23, who lived in Elderberry Road, Red Lodge, where police broke up a drug deal in progress on May 23, will be sentenced in four weeks, following the preparation of pre-sentence reports.
Two others, including the drivers of vehicles that brought Saliraj and Laho to Suffolk from London, were released from investigation by police, prosecutor Michael Crimp told the court.
All four defendants made early admissions to the offence, which involved the exchange of £33,000 for a kilo of 52% purity cocaine – thought to have a street value of £50,000.
Mr Crimp said police observed Taylor entering her house with a number of bags – one later found to contain the cash – before watching Laho pull up in a taxi and Saliraj arrive on foot.
Saliraj entered the vehicle and emerged with a bag full of cocaine, but was captured by police on his way to Taylor’s front door.
Oyeyemi tried to leave the property but ran back inside, followed by police, who saw him destroying a mobile phone SIM card and found 68 grammes of cannabis, separated in bags, which Taylor claimed was for her own personal use when arrested.
Saliraj claimed he had travelled to Suffolk with his partner – later found in their nearby vehicle – after being offered £200 to collect about £2-300 and return to London, but knew nothing about the bag he would receive from Laho upon using the code word ‘Marlboro’.
Laho claimed a London drug dealer offered to write off a cannabis debt, accrued after losing his job as a chef, in exchange for delivering a bag to Colchester – but that he was diverted to Suffolk en route.
Oliver Haswell, for Oyeyemi, said his client was lured in by the offer of a small cut of cocaine – and because of his considerable stature – but did not have a broad knowledge of the wider conspiracy.