An Albanian drug dealer who was caught in Hertford with 16 wraps of cocaine will be deported once he has served half of a three-and-a-half year jail sentence.

The 24-year-old, who had entered the UK illegally, was stopped while driving a green Peugeot in the town centre just before 7pm on Tuesday 24 February this year.

The police searched the car and found the 16 wraps hidden underneath the plastic housing for the gear box and handbrake. £345 was also seized from the defendant.

Prosecutor Daniel Siong told St Albans crown court Tuesday 24th March that the man gave the arresting officers false details and a fake Italian driving licence. He answered ‘no comment’ to police questions.

The defendant pleaded guilty to possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply and possessing another person’s identity documents. He had no previous convictions.

Sean Smith, defending, said: “He has had the good sense to plead guilty on the first opportunity.

“He travelled to the UK illegally and found he was unable to work. Mr Vecani fell into the company of older men who provided him with the means to set himself up to deal drugs. He was acting on instructions and believed he would receive commission. He had not yet been paid, but accepts he would have received financial gain.”

Judge John Plumstead jailed him for a total of 3 and a half years – 2 and a half years for the drug offence and a further 12 months for having the fake identity documents.

The judge told the defendant: “People who deal in Class A drugs always go to prison. At the half way point of your sentence you will be deported.

Further details can be found on the CPS Government website.