Police discovered wads of money in rent automobile after site visitors cease in Cowley

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A since-convicted drug vendor advised the district decide that the £930 money discovered on him by police was to purchase a brand new automobile.

Dekwon Reid, 26, was stopped driving a employed silver Toyota Corolla in Cowley final April.

Once they pulled him over, officers found three wraps of heroin and cocaine within the centre console of the automobile along with £70. There was an extra £110 in his pockets, whereas a wad of £750 in his pocket was discovered when handcuffed Reid stored reaching for his trousers.

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The previous Barton man, who celebrated his twenty fifth birthday 4 days earlier than he was stopped by the police, claimed that the cash had been given to him by his mum, uncles and a household buddy.

Reid, who’s presently serving a 30 month jail sentence for dealing medication in 2019 and 2021, mentioned he deliberate to make use of the money to purchase a Ford Fiesta ‘run-around’ automobile.

He claimed to have been on his strategy to the financial institution, so he may deposit the money and pay for the automobile by cash switch, when he was arrested.

The defendant, previously of Cranley Highway, Oxford, denied possession of prison property – the money. However he had already pleaded responsible to non-public possession of the category A medicine when his case got here earlier than Oxford Magistrates’ Courtroom on Wednesday for trial.

Requested by his solicitor what reply he needed to the accusation the money was the proceeds of or to be used in a criminal offense, he replied: “I didn’t suppose it was a criminal offense. I simply obtained it in an trustworthy method. Household – relations – who have been very energetic in my life simply needed to present me a serving to hand.”

Reid advised prosecutor Gabriele Watts that he had been in contact with the vendor of the automobile ‘all through the day’. He deliberate to purchase the automobile on the day he was stopped.

The defendant, who had completed company ‘waitering’ work, mentioned he had different cash saved up along with the money discovered within the automobile.

He was accused of not telling police throughout his interview that the cash was to purchase a automobile, though Reid identified he had advised one of many officers who arrested him on the scene. The interview additionally involved allegations – not subsequently prosecuted – that he was dealing medication.

District Choose Kamlesh Rana discovered Reid responsible of possession of prison property. He was given 28 days’ imprisonment. The sentence shall be served similtaneously the 30 month jail time period imposed at Oxford Crown Courtroom final December.

This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the group in 2021 as Oxfordshire’s court docket and crime reporter.  

To get in contact with him e-mail: Tom.Seaward@newsquest.co.uk

Observe him on Twitter: @t_seaward


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