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Man jailed for drugs offences committed during music festival at West Norfolk stately home

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A man has been jailed for three years after he was found carrying drugs at a music festival in West Norfolk.

Police say Ahmed Fawole showed "a complete disregard for the law" when he attended an event at Houghton Hall in the summer of 2018.

The 38-year-old was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court on Friday, having been found guilty on four charges of possessing drugs with intent to supply at an earlier trial.

houghton hall (48499284)
houghton hall (48499284)

The case arose from an incident on the morning of August 11, 2018 when a security guard working at the festival saw Fawole, of Southey Road, London, drop a small bag which contained pills.

A subsequent search revealed he had a further 50 small bags of white powder, which tests showed was amphetamine, plus four nitrous oxide canisters. They, plus cash and a mobile phone, were seized.

A later search of his vehicle uncovered further canisters, zip bags with traces of cannabis, several hundred pounds in cash and cling film.

Ahmed Fawole, who has been jailed for three years for drugs offences committed at Houghton Hall (53742773)
Ahmed Fawole, who has been jailed for three years for drugs offences committed at Houghton Hall (53742773)

Fawole had denied all of the charges against him but was remanded in custody following his conviction.

Following the sentencing, investigating officer PC Carrie Nichols said: "I am extremely pleased with this sentence and hope its acts as a deterrent to anyone who involves themselves in this kind of criminal activity.

"We see it far too often, that certain individuals will attend festivals with the pure aim of selling drugs.

"Fawole had a complete disregard for the law and put the lives of many others at risk with his reckless behaviour.”

Norwich Crown Court. (53192649)
Norwich Crown Court. (53192649)

"These are extremely serious offences which will be dealt with in a robust manner.

"We remain committed and will continue to work alongside festival organisers and security companies to prosecute anyone who is found in possession of drugs.”

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