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Passenger Jailed For Using Taxi To Deal Drugs In Brighton

A man has been jailed after he was seen using a taxi to complete drug deals in Brighton.

Specialist Enforcement Officers (SEU) were watching 27-year-old Albanian, Lumture Spahiu as he used a Brighton and Hove taxi as a passenger in the Bevendean area at 8.30pm on September 25.

The taxi was in the estate when a man with a mobile phone got in and then left swiftly afterwards in a suspected drugs exchange.

A few minutes later the SEU officers stopped the taxi at traffic lights on Lewes Road.

Spahiu tried to run from officers but was tackled and arrested.

He was found in possession of 30 grip seal bags containing cocaine hidden in cigarette boxes, along with cash in his trousers and a burner phone.

Spahiu, of no fixed address, appeared before Lewes Crown Court on November 10, and was sentenced to 22 months in prison.

He faces deportation following his jail term as he was also found to be in the country without up-to-date documents.

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