Drug dealer jailed after tattoo of his mother’s name spotted in CCTV footage
A DRUG dealer has been jailed after a tattoo of his mother’s name on his arm allowed a jury to pick him out on CCTV footage.
Almame Cassama, 22, who had a street name of “Ramos”, sold crack cocaine and heroin outside the Dolce Mel cafe in Lincoln Road, Millfield, Peterborough, on June 3 and 6 this year.
He was caught making the deals on CCTV and initially admitted it was him on the footage. However, he later denied three charges of supplying heroin and one of supply crack cocaine, claiming the person on the film was not him.
Cassama, of Walton Park, Peterborough, stood trial at Peterborough Crown Court and was found guilty on all charges.
The prosecution produced evidence to suggest Cassama could be identified in the CCTV footage, including a tattoo of his mother’s name visible on his arm.
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Jailing him for five years, Judge Nic Madge described Cassama as a “commercial dealer” and said drug dealing ruined people’s lives as well as fuelling acquisitive crime such as burglary and robbery.
Det Chief Insp Jon Hutchinson said: “Judge Madge made it clear in his sentencing how seriously he viewed drug dealing and the pernicious effect it has on wider society.
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“The sentence also reflects the fact that Cassama prolonged the course of justice by denying the charges against him.
“Cassama has learnt, as many others have done this year, that dealing drugs in Peterborough will result in you being arrested, charged and given a significant jail term.”
Cassama was arrested in Cobden Avenue, Peterborough, on June 6 this year as part of Operation Riptide, a crackdown on class A drug dealing in Peterborough.
Officers executed warrants at properties across Peterborough while other suspects were brought from HMP Peterborough or arrested in the street. About 80 officers were involved in the arrests.