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A couple caught bringing an estimated £37,000 of cannabis into Cambridgeshire have been jailed.

It came after police received intelligence that a silver Ford S-MAX was coming into the county to deal drugs.

They found the car being driven in Ditton Lane, Fen Ditton, by 29-year-old Gezim Ruci at about 3pm on December 7. His fiancée, 27-year-old Kleanida Asllani, was in the passenger seat.

The holdall searched by police who stopped Gezim Ruci, of Talbot Street, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, and Kleanida Asllani, of no fixed address, in Dudley Road, Cambridge
The holdall searched by police who stopped Gezim Ruci, of Talbot Street, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, and Kleanida Asllani, of no fixed address, in Dudley Road, Cambridge

Officers in unmarked police cars intercepted it in nearby Dudley Road, Cambridge, and found a holdall containing four large vacuum-packed bags of cannabis.

About £1,000 in cash was found on the pair, along with several mobile phones that showed clear evidence of drug dealing.

A drugs expert who examined the haul determined that the drugs had a street value of up to about £37,000.

Ruci, of Talbot Street, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, and Asllani, of no fixed address, were charged with possession with intent to supply cannabis, which they admitted in court.

Ruci was also charged with driving without a licence or insurance, which he also admitted.

Cannabis found in a holdall by police searching Gezim Ruci, of Talbot Street, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, and Kleanida Asllani, of no fixed address
Cannabis found in a holdall by police searching Gezim Ruci, of Talbot Street, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, and Kleanida Asllani, of no fixed address

When the pair appeared at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday, Ruci was jailed for eight months, while Asllani was given 13 weeks.

PC Tristan Vert, who investigated, said: “Drugs bring a whole host of issues to our communities, including violence and anti-social behaviour.

“We are working hard to rid our county of drugs but also rely on members of the public providing us with information.”

Anyone with information or concerns about drug dealing can report online at https://bit.ly/3afUBmt.

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