Police find 16 cannabis plants and cocaine and heroin at home of Rickmansworth man

First published in Search Module

Police responding to an alleged assault got more than they bargained for when they caught a drug dealer.

Ahmar Khaliq, of Church Road, Rickmansworth, pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis, possession of a class C drug with intent to supply, possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to supply and possession of crack cocaine, at St Albans Crown Court.

The 28-year-old father-of-two was caught when his ex-wife rang police to say Khaliq had assaulted her.

The woman, nine months’ pregnant by her new partner, had been visiting her two daughters, aged seven and nine, who live with their father.

She stayed the night and in the morning phoned police saying Khaliq had assaulted her and thrown her out of the house.

Khaliq was arrested on suspicion of common assault after the incident on Tuesday, April 29, and his former partner told officers about the defendant’s cannabis growing activities.

Inside they found a number of strong “skunk” plants as well as the class A drugs.

Unemployed Khaliq had initially denied the allegations, but formally entered guilty pleas on Friday.

After the change of pleas Mr Recorder Jacobs QC said: “It seems to me, looking at the papers, it was sensible, to say the least, that a guilty plea was entered.”

Sentencing was adjourned for reports on Friday, December 19.

Khaliq was released on conditional bail, stating he must sign on at Rickmansworth police station twice a week.

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