Man jailed for £27k cocaine possession

Bashkim Bushati
Bashkim Bushati

An illegal immigrant who was deported three times but returned to commit more crimes, has been jailed again for possessing nearly £27,000 worth of cocaine.

Albanian Baksim Bushati jumped out of a moving car to try and evade capture when he was spotted by officers on December 17 last year.

But he was rounded up by police dogs and traced to an address in Weedon, where nearly 1kg of cocaine worth £26,875 was found stuffed down the back of a sofa, along with £14,000 in cash.

He has been sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment for his latest crime.

Northampton Crown Court heard Bushati had been sentenced to prison terms totalling nearly five years since 2005, for offences of violence, battery and possessing false identification.

He was kicked out of the UK following each jail term, but repeatedly returned to continue his offending.

The case provoked furious criticism of the Government from Judge Richard Bray , who said it showed the UK’s borders “leak like a sieve”.

Bushati, aged 37, of High Street, Weedon, admitted possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.

Jonathan Eley, prosecuting, said Bushati was spotted travelling in a Vauxhall Corsa towards Kislingbury, and jumped from the car. After he was caught, he was found to be carrying £960 cash, Albanian identification documents and two mobile phones.

He gave a false Northampton address before officers traced him to his real address in Weedon.

Mr Eley said: “The defendant said his “life was over” and he was “done for” as a result of his arrest.”

Maxine Crone, mitigating for Bushati, said: “He got himself into debt with people he was afraid of, and it was they who provided him with the drugs, and effectively forced him to sell them.

Sentencing Bushati, Judge Bray said: “Our defences to illegal immigrants are leaking like a sieve. I can only hope you will be successfully deported on this occasion.”