Man, 25, jailed after officers on patrol witness drug exchange in Brighton

A man has been jailed for three years after being found in possession of a knife, Class A and Class B drugs when stopped by police officers on patrol.

Thursday, 6th February 2020, 6:43 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th February 2020, 6:44 pm
Suliaman Bah. Photo: Sussex Police

According to Sussex Police, Suliaman Bah, 25, of no fixed address, was stopped at The Level in Brighton on November 20 after officers in plain clothes 'suspected they witnessed a drug exchange' during an Operation Safety patrol.

A spokesperson said: "Bah resisted when officers attempted to stop him. He was subsequently detained and searched during which officers seized a kitchen knife, a bag containing 30-40 wraps of crack and heroin, a large bag of cannabis, £370 in cash and two burner-style phones.

"Bah stated to the arresting officer that the cannabis was his but he had never seen the other items before and he was wearing someone else’s jogging bottoms."

He was arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife in a public place, two counts of supply of a Class A drug, two counts of possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply, possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply and possession of criminal property, as confirmed by police.

Police said Bah was found guilty of all seven charges and sentenced to three years at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday, January 21.

Chief Inspector Rachel Swinney, of Brighton and Hove division, said: "We are determined to keeping Sussex safe by tackling knife crime and taking knives off our streets. We continue to make the city a hostile environment to those dealing drugs.

"Plain clothes patrols is one of the many tactics we’ll be using in the city to address knife possession across Brighton and Hove.

"Tackling knife crime remains a top priority and we hope this sentencing demonstrates our commitment to protecting the public and bringing offenders to justice."