Drug dealer is sent to prison
4:30pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in Latest News
A FORMER taxi driver who turned to drug dealing following the break up of his marriage has been jailed for four years.
Cem Keskin was caught with £10,000 worth of super strong, uncut cocaine as well a quarter of a kilogram of skunk cannabis.
The 34-year-old also had a large quantity of cocaine ready for sale to users, as well as thousands of pounds in cash and other paraphernalia associated with the drugs trade.
And his mobile phone also contained messages relating to the trade in drugs which indicated his role in the offending.
Despite the evidence, he denied having the drugs with intent to supply, insisting he knew nothing of cocaine, but was found guilty by a jury at trial earlier this year.
Keskin was living at a house in Frobisher Drive, Walcot, when police raided it in on May 31 last year and found the drugs, worth more than £16,000.
They also seized £2,626 in cash along with scales which had been used for the weighing of drugs and his mobile phone.
The drugs consisted of an ounce of cocaine with a 72 per cent purity, worth about £10,000, which would normally be cut down before being sold to users.
It is thought likely that the powder would be mixed with other substances by other people before being made into street deals for sale to addicts.
There was also about three ounces at about eight per cent concentration, valued at £4,200, and 272 grams of skunk cannabis worth £2,700 in street deals.
Chris Smyth, defending, said his client had earned £118,000 as a taxi driver between early 2006 to December 2011.
But he suffered depression when he split from his wife and children and started to use cannabis heavily.
He said he then fell in with bad company which led to him being at the house when it was raided.
In the run up to the raid he said his client realised he had a problem and had been to see his GP and managed to rid himself of his skunk addiction.
Mr Smyth said the texts only appeared to relate to cannabis and, despite having a previous conviction for possessing cocaine, he said his client had never used it.
He had been accused with Victoria Lamb, 26, who lived with him at the address but the charges against her were dropped as she is in prison and suffering from cancer.
Keskin pleaded not guilty to two counts of possessing drugs with intent to supply and having criminal property, cash which was the proceeds of dealing, but was convicted following a trial.
Passing sentence, Judge Douglas Field said: “I accept that in recent times you have developed a serious cannabis habit.
“That has led you from being gainfully employed and being responsible for your family to being drug dependant and you are now estranged from your family.
“The offence of being in possession of criminal property is all part and parcel of the background of this case.
“But it is further evidence of the extent of your drug dealing because that money came from the sale of drugs and from no other source.”
Lamb is currently serving a five year sentence in a Scottish prison after being caught at Aberdeen train station with almost £100,000 worth of crack cocaine.
She is currently undergoing treatment for cervical cancer with a view to undergoing surgery.