A drug dealer who tried to evade police by driving double the speed-limit on the wrong side of the road has been sentenced for more than four years.
Twenty-one-year-old Zakariya Taibi, from Greenwich, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of Class A and Class B drugs, possession of criminal property, and dangerous driving at Woolwich Crown Court on Tuesday (27 July).
He was sentenced to four years and two months behind bars and disqualified from driving for 49 months, which will cover the time he is released on licence.
At the time of the offence he had only just been released from prison for similar offences.
The court heard that on Sunday, 27 June, plain clothes officers from the Met’s South East Violence Suppression Unit were on patrol in Shooters Hill Road, Charlton, when they saw a moped, being driven erratically in the direction of Woolwich.
After the rider failed to stop, officers launched a chase, with speeds reaching 50-60mph in a 30 zone over speed bumps. The moped overtook vehicles on the wrong side of the road and drove through a red light at around 40mph on the busy crossroads at Woolwich Common.
In Plumstead the moped not only repeatedly overtook and undertook other vehicles and jumped red lights but also nearly hit a small child crossing the road who was, fortunately, pulled away by an adult with seconds to spare.
At Lakedale Road the rider appeared to discard items, drove into a dead end and made off on foot. He was eventually detained in nearby woodland and arrested for driving offences.
An iPhone found on the moped was later discovered to have received a number of messages involving the supply of Class A and B drugs. His bag was never recovered.
The court granted the confiscation of the cash found in Taibi’s bedroom, which will be invested in policing.
PC David Paine, from the South East Violence Suppression Unit, said: “Drug supply and violence are interlinked and the supply of drugs harms our communities in various ways, causing misery to addicts and their families.
“I am pleased with the robust sentence, which should act as a deterrent for those considering involving themselves in this type of crime.
“Drug dealing is a gamble where you often lose more than you win. In this case, Taibi will be spending more than two years in prison before being considered for release on licence.”