Cheltenham drug dealer found with £100,000 worth of cocaine

Aranit Ahmati
-Credit: (Image: South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SWROCU))

A drug dealer from Cheltenham has been jailed after he was caught with cocaine worth around £100,000. Aranit Ahmati, 23, was sentenced to three years behind bars at Gloucester Crown Court on Friday (May 31).

He was spotted walking in New Street and Chapel Street, in Cheltnham, while carrying a black carrier bag in November last year. He got into a car with Kristi Como, of Wood Green, London, and left the vehicle a short time later carrying a different bag.

Police officers then stopped Ahmati and found he was in possession of over a kilo of cocaine. According to the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SWROCU), this has a street value of up to £100,000.

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During a search of Ahmati’s home address, £5,142 in cash was discovered as well as drugs paraphernalia and false ID documents bearing his photograph. The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to supplying class A drugs and was jailed for 32 months, which also activated a four-month suspended sentence for a previous unrelated offence.

Police said £5,142 cash was forfeited under s.27 Misuse of Drugs Act and will be used to further target organised crime. Como was sentenced on February 27 and jailed for three years and eight months.

Aranit Ahmati
Aranit Ahmati -Credit:South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SWROCU)

South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SWROCU) DI Tristan Hawkes, said: “We are committed to tackling the supply of illegal drugs throughout our region. They cause unquestionable harm in our communities with the associated violence and exploitation by organised crime groups trading in this commodity.”

Regional Organised Crime Network Unit added: "Anyone with information about drug dealing within their communities can contact their local force online or via 101. You can also contact Crimestoppers, completely anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or here."