Jailed: Man who tried to sell undercover officer a gram of cocaine outside Ilford station

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Ilford station - Credit: Archant

A man who told an undercover police officer outside Ilford station that he could offer a good deal for a gram of cocaine has been jailed.

Saadat Agah, 20, was sentenced for 18 months for conspiracy to supply cocaine yesterday at Blackfriars Crown Court following a four day trial.

After a short deliberation jurors found Agah guilty on the same day.

He was initially arrested by British Transport Police (BTP) officers in dawn raids across London last September.

This was in connection with intelligence gathered by the BTP for Operation Parish – an investigation into the escalation of reports of drug dealing in and around Ilford station.

During that operation undercover officers infiltrated a gang selling the Class A and B drugs, predominantly from the Costa Coffee in Cranbrook Road.

The jury were told the Agah was initially not identified as suspects whilst police were gathering intelligence.

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However he was arrested after he was present in addresses which the officers raided on September 1.

During the trial, the court were shown a video of Agah, of Forest Road, Walthamstow, which captured the 20-year-old offering to sell an undercover officer powdered cocaine, on July 18 last year.

After the officer buys skunk from another man, Agah approaches the undercover officer, known as “Stu”, to ask why he did not buy from him.

When the officer said that he is looking for “white” (crack cocaine), Agah offers to sell him 1.3g of powdered cocaine for the price of 1g if he came back tomorrow.

Judge Henry Blacksell QC sentenced Agah to 18 months detention in jail, and passed a £140 victim surcharge.

Agah had already spent 140 days under curfew via an electronic tag in relation to the offence.