Jail for £100k drug haul found near Stradishall

A man arrested after police uncovered cannabis with a street value of almost £100,000 at a farm at Stradishall has been sentenced to a year in prison

Despite the sentence, Hanif Shakeri was due to be released immediately as he has already served 329 days on remand.

Ipswich Crown Court heard on Thursday that on December 13 Shakeri’s car had failed to stop for a police patrol and was pursued into a business centre.

Two police cars were damaged during the incident and Shakeri was arrested at the scene.

A search of his BMW car revealed a small quantity of cannabis and £2,000 in cash.

As a result police obtained a warrant and searched the caravan in which Shakeri was living at Home Farm, Stradishall together with outbuildings, said Karl Voltz


The caravan contained a small quantity of cannabis, a large number of plastic bags, seven mobile phones and four sets of digital scales.

In the outbuildings was found a total of 10kg of cannabis, some packed ready for sale in small bags and other in bulk. Much was packed inside 40 sports bags.

In total £2,300 in cash was seized.

When interviewed, Shakeri said because of a head injury he could not remember when or why he had arrived in the UK from his native Iran.

Shakeri had been forced by a man known only to him as “Paddy” to store and package the cannabis and had been beaten up by him on a number of occasions, said Richard Kelly defending.

Shakeri had pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply, careless driving and possession of criminal property.

Judge Peter Thompson sentenced Shakeri to 12 months imprisonment and imposed a £600 fine for the careless driving offence.