A drug dealer who was discovered by police after a large street fight in Nottingham city center has been jailed. Olajiire Albert-Shoyombo, 20, tried to flee the scene on Shakespeare Street, but the officers chased him and threw him to the ground.
He had also been arrested three months earlier after being seen by agents trafficking cocaine and heroin on the streets. The mobile phone evidence gathered after the two incidents allowed the police to build a strong case against him.
Albert-Shoyombo, of Ashfield Road, Sneinton, was given a prison sentence of three years and four months in a youth offenders institution when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday (March 23, 2023). He had previously been convicted of one count of being involved in supplying heroin and one count of being involved in supplying cocaine.
Police broke up the street altercation involving a large number of people around 3:30am on Saturday, October 29, 2022. They gave chase to Albert-Shoyombo when they saw him flee the scene.
The officers caught up with him in an alley off Bluecoat Street, where he was arrested. Albert-Shoyombo remained silent during police interviews, but phone analysis showed that he had been selling Class A drugs between April and October 2022.
A search of his home address also turned up a number of other phones that have been linked to more crime. During the earlier incident, on 20 July 2022, Albert-Shoyombo had been observed by plainclothes patrol officers dealing drugs in an underpass between Union Road and Alison Walk, St Ann’s.
The officers knew that traffickers were using the location, and while detaining Albert-Shoyombo, they found drugs and cash in the pockets of his shorts. A search of his apartment turned up more Class A drugs, cannabis, multiple cell phones, knives, cash and drug equipment.
Detective Constable Marc Prangnell, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Officers on patrol that night were called to a large altercation involving a group of people. It was a very confusing situation and they did an excellent job of chasing down Albert-Shoyombo and stopping him. Despite previously being arrested for drug trafficking, Albert-Shoyombo had continued his criminal activity and other phones seized by officers helped build an even stronger case against him.
“Drugs continue to be a scourge in our communities and putting dealers like Albert-Shoyombo behind bars remains a key priority for the force.”