Dealer who supplied pills to two men who collapsed in Newcastle club is jailed

Chronicle Live 3 weeks ago

A drug dealer has been jailed after supplying illegal substances to two men who then collapsed in a Newcastle nightclub.

Mohammed Latif, known as James, 29, has been sent to prison for three years after supplying the pill containing both cocaine and ketamine.

A police investigation had been launched after two men collapsed in Tup Tup Palace nightclub in the early hours of July 8.

One of the men, aged 19, fell unconscious and was rushed to hospital by paramedics.

Drugs seized from Mohammed Latif
Drugs seized from Mohammed Latif

His 20-year-old friend came round but was also taken to hospital as a precaution.

Officers were sent to Tup Tup Palace and door staff at the premises were able to help them identify Latif as the dealer.

Latif was arrested by police at the scene and enquiries led officers to his Vauxhall Insignia that was parked nearby on Grey Street , where they discovered it contained drugs, self-seal bags and scales.

The two men who were supplied with the drugs were later released from hospital and have made a full recovery.

Latif, of Benton Road, Newcastle, was charged with supply of a Class A drug, two counts of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug and two counts of possession with intent to supply a Class B drug. 

Now, the 29-year-old has been jailed for three years after pleading guilty to both charges at Newcastle Crown Court.  

Following the sentencing on Monday, investigating officer Detective Constable Gareth Welsh said: “The response of door staff in this incident was excellent and played a large part in ensuring Latif was located and arrested so quickly.

“The quick action of those men enabled us to preserve crucial evidence that ultimately led to his conviction and resulting jail sentence.

“I want to thank them for their actions that night and their ongoing commitment to keep visitors to our city safe.

“In regards to Latif, he can count himself lucky that nobody died as a result of consuming the pills he was selling.

“They were a concoction of cocaine and ketamine and were incredibly dangerous things for someone to consume while out drinking in Newcastle.

“He did not care about the ramifications of his dealing and his actions were motivated by financial greed.

“I hope that what happened that night has made him look at himself in the mirror. I am glad that his soul-searching will have to take place in a prison cell.”

Following Latif’s arrest, officers seized £1,370 in cash and the Vauxhall Insignia found parked on Grey Street.

Drugs were also seized from his home address.

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