Southampton Drug Dealer Jailed

A man who was caught with more than £1,000 worth of drugs on him in a Southampton park has been put behind bars.

A man who was caught with more than £1,000 worth of drugs on him in a Southampton park has been put behind bars.

Ahmed Zelgay was arrested on Friday, July 27, in Hoglands Park after officers from the Operation Fortress team saw him acting suspiciously.

DC Simon Woods from the Operation Fortress team said:

"We saw Zelgay meet with local drug users and then carried out a stop-check on him.

"A struggle ensued and he tried running off, but we pursued him and detained him before conducting a drug search.

"He was found to be carrying several wraps of what were latter confirmed to be heroin and cocaine with a value of £1,060, as well as £195 in cash.

"One of the aims of Operation Fortress is to make life as uncomfortable as possible for those who come to Southampton to deal drugs and who can often be involved in violence as a result.

"That's exactly what we've done in this instance and Zelgay's sentence serves as a warning to anyone else thinking of committing similar crimes."

Zelgay, 20, of Clovelly Road, Southampton, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine and heroin.. He was sentenced to 16 months at a young offender institution at Southampton Crown Court today.

If you're living in fear because of debt or drugs, you can speak to the Operation Fortress team in confidence.

Email: or call 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

If a crime is in progress, always call 999.

If you're worried about your own drug use, The Bridge open access drug centre can be contacted on 02380 881400.

The Parent Support Link on 02380 39 9764 offers support and advice to people affected by someone else's drug use.

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