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Jail for man caught in with drugs and fake ID after running red light

A man caught driving through the Square Mile with drugs and false ID documents has been jailed for more than two years.

Erjon Bajraktari appeared before Inner London Crown Court on Friday (4 August 2017) and was sentenced to two years and four months in prison after pleading guilty to possession of a class A drug with intent to supply and possession of false identity documents with intent.

The 23-year old, from Albania, was stopped by officers from the City of London Police at approximately 10.40pm on 3 December 2016, after he ran a red light on Bishopsgate.

The court was told that Bajraktari presented a Lithuanian ID card in the name of Oliver Markus. Given the poor quality of the ID card, the officer immediately became suspicious that it was a fake. Bajraktari was unable to answer simple questions when asked by the attending officer, such as which town was he born in and whereabouts in Lithuania it was.

Bajraktari claimed he was driving to Muswell Hill - however the destination programmed into his SatNav was for a location a mere 100 metres away.

Due to his suspicious demeanour, inability to answer simple questions, constant rearranging of items within the car, and his evasiveness when questioned about where he was going, the car was searched.

A specially-trained search dog indicated that there may be drugs concealed in the gear stick casing. A grey sock containing 13 wraps of what was later confirmed to be cocaine was discovered inside. Officers also uncovered a mobile phone and cash stashed in an empty crisp packet from the car.

Bajraktari was subsequently arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply and possession of false identity documents with intent.

During his interview with detectives from the City of London Police, Bajraktari claimed he was merely in the City in order to “see the beautiful bridges.”

At court on Friday, he was sentenced to serve two years in prison for possession of a class drug, and four months for the possession of false ID documents, to be served consecutively.

The court also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs seized, as well as the forfeiture of other items found including around £1,000 in cash, an iPhone, and a sat nav.

Detective Constable Joseph Farrell from the City of London Police said:

“We all know the devastating effect that drugs can have on individuals and the wider community. At the City of London Police, we are committed to tackling drug crime and we will do everything in our power to bring such offenders before the courts.

“Bajraktari thought that by concealing his drugs they would be detected, let me be clear, we have a number of tactics at our disposal to detect such activity.”

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