Labour politician from Marylebone faces jail for drug dealing
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A young Labour politician from Marylebone who supplied cannabis to a barmaid is facing jail after a court heard he played a ‘significant role’ with other drug dealers.
Firase Morgan, 24, of Rodmarton Street, was caught with 28 wraps of cannabis outside a pub in Sloane Street after nearby police saw a female member of staff dash to his car with £40 on March 5 this year.
Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court heard the officers also found two wraps of cannabis in the pub and when Morgan’s home was searched police discovered £1,000 in cash which prosecutors say is drug profits.
The aspiring lawyer, who is studying law at BPP University, claims the money is ‘student finance’.
Morgan stood as the official Labour Party candidate for Hyde Park Ward in Westminster Council elections in 2014.
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The court heard that Morgan has a previous conviction for theft from 2009.
Prosecutor Stella Waata, said: “The Crown will say that this possession with intent to supply and supplying falls into category three and the defendant played a significant role.”
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However Morgan claims he played a minor part in the drug dealing under the direction of others.
He admitted possessing cannabis, with intent to supply and supplying cannabis to a female member of the pub’s staff.
District Judge Karim Ezzat committed his sentencing to Isleworth Crown Court warning him he could be jailed.
District Judge Karim Ezzat said: ‘”Looking at the sentencing guidelines, the starting point is one of 12 months which will be reduced to eight months because you will receive credit for your guilty plea.
“That is in excess of the powers of this court and for that reason I’m committing your sentencing to crown court.”
He was released on unconditional bail and will be sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on April 28.