Mustapha K Darboe
According to the Chronicle live, one Gambian man caught smuggling cannabis in UK has been jailed for 18 months and a judge said he should be deported back to Gambia when he is released.
According to the Eurostats, close to one hundred Gambians have applied for asylum in UK between January and June this year.
Reports said Karamo Drammeh has been in the UK illegally for 14 years and lost his final appeal to stay eight years ago.
Karamo was caught running a lucrative cannabis dealing operation from his plush Newcastle flat.
Karamo, who was still in the country eight years after losing his final appeal to stay, had thousands of pounds of drugs, cash, 92 brand new pairs of trainers and 58 caps at his home in Newcastle, reports said.
Police had been called by someone about a break-in and followed their noses after smelling cannabis.
They found Drammeh in a flat on Blagdon Close, Battlefield, which was nicely done out and had a plush TV and sound system.
Now the 37-year-old, who had previously worked illegally as a security guard, has been jailed for 18 months and a judge said he should be deported back to Gambia when he is released.
Recorder Euan Duff, at Newcastle Crown Court, told Drammeh: “You have been in this country for a considerable period of time and indeed entered it illegally.
“Why you have not been deported, I don’t know. You have simply remained here.”
The judge added: “He came here illegally and has remained here for eight years after the appeal process, not doing what the Home Office hoped he would and simply going back to Gambia where he would have rights.”
Police were called to Battlefield on the afternoon of April 8 and when they got there could smell a strong odour of cannabis.
Emma Dowling, prosecuting, said: “While inside they conducted a search and during the search they found a significant amount of cannabis bush and £2,405 in cash at various locations.
“There were a number of plastic bags, two mobile phones, 92 brand new pairs of trainers and 58 caps.
“The trainers, caps and the like were with a considerable amount of clothing.
“There were trainers all over the house and there was a nice TV system with a sound system and a good deal of furniture. All of which is not consistent with him dealing to live, this was a commercial enterprise.”
The court heard there was 630g of skunk cannabis worth an estimated £5,400 and 152g of herbal cannabis said to be worth £645.
Drammeh claimed to only be dealing to friends but Recorder Duff said: “He was running a small cannabis dealing business from this flat.”
Drammeh, 37, who pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply, had a previous conviction for an almost identical offence.
Stuart Graham, defending, said: “He says he has been dealing to friends and acquaintances only.
“He came to this country 14 years ago and eight years ago was his final appeal and he has been in a state of limbo. He can’t claim benefits. There have been times when he has worked illegally to make ends meet, he worked as a security guard.
“He had a cannabis habit and it was all too easy to use this to help him. He speaks of having no-one in Gambia and has a partner of seven years and wants to stay here.”