Brainy Islington students jailed for dealing cannabis in ‘drugs street market’

TWO Islington students have been jailed for dealing cannabis in what a judge slammed as Camden Town’s “detestable drug street market”.

Mohammad Geedi, 21, of Rixon Street, Holloway, and Sen Mallede, 18, of Rotherfield Street, Islington, were caught on CCTV attracting customers on Camden High Street then trying to trick police by completing the illicit exchange hundreds of metres away.

Geedi, a first year biochemistry student at London Metropolitan University, in Holloway, was jailed for two years and nine months after he was caught just days later peddling pills outside Fabric, in Charterhouse Street, Farringdon.

Mallede, who got 12 GCSEs between grades A* to C, was jailed for 18 months for the cannabis offence.

Ben Temple, prosecuting, said Geedi, Mallede and fellow Somalian Zekeria Quabdi, 21, were standing in a line outside KFC in Camden High Street on January 30, 2010.

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After a suited man showed an interest in buying potent skunk from them, Quabdi and Mallede tried to shake off police they knew might be watching.

The customer was then “fleeced” by handing over �40 for “a modest” 1.8 grammes of the drug and police swooped to arrest the dealers.

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Five days later Geedi and Mallede were spotted by an officer in Farringdon. They were arrested before Geedi could get rid of a bag of pills he was carrying. The officers picked up 228 tablets which had scattered – a mixture of BZP (benzyl piperazine) and TFMP (trifluoromethyl piperazine), both Class C drugs.

The first is a stimulant up to 20 times more potent than amphetamines and the second sold as a hallucinogenic alternative to ecstasy.

Geedi admitted drug supply but claimed it was to his friend Mallede who he said he split them with. Geedi claimed he had bought what he thought were 250 BZP tablets to “help with my studies”.

But Judge Aidan Marron QC ruled: “In my view he was outside that club peddling. I am sure that he had the 228 to sell to other people and that they were not going to help him with his biochemical studies.”

Geedi was jailed for two years after admitting possessing cannabis with intent to supply, and a further nine months for possession with the intent to supply a Class C drug.

Mallede was given 18 months’ detention after admitting possession with intent to supply cannabis. Quabdi, of Castlehaven Road, Camden Town, was jailed for two years after admitting the same offence.

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