Man jailed for using Brighton taxi for drug dealing

A man caught using a taxi in Brighton for dealing drugs has been jailed.

Thursday, 25th November 2021, 7:53 am

Lumture Spahiu was using the taxi as a passenger in the Bevendean area at 8.30pm on September 25.

The taxi was travelling in the estate before a man with a mobile phone was seen entering the vehicle and then leaving swiftly afterwards in a suspected drugs exchange, police say.

Minutes later officers from the Specialist Enforcement Unit (SEU) identified the taxi and stopped it at the traffic lights in Lewes Road.

Man jailed for using Brighton taxi for drug dealing. Photo from Sussex Police. SUS-211125-074829001

According to police, Spahiu got out of the vehicle and attempted to run away but was tackled by officers who arrested him.

Police say he was found in possession of 30 grip seal bags containing cocaine hidden in cigarette boxes, along with cash in his trousers and a burner phone.

SEU officers took him into custody and detectives from Brighton Criminal Investigation Department worked to ensure that the 27-year-old could be charged by the Crown Prosecution Service with possessing a class A drug with intent to supply.

Police confirmed Spahiu, of no fixed address, appeared before Lewes Crown Court on November 10, and was sentenced to 22 months in prison.

Man jailed for using Brighton taxi for drug dealing. Photo from Sussex Police. SUS-211125-074819001

The seized drugs and phones were forfeited and will be destroyed.

Police say during the investigation it was also found that Spahiu is an immigration absconder, and he now faces deportation to Albania at the end of his sentence.