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Jail for man who dealt drugs in lockdown

Ashhad Kalwatar looking at the camera
Ashhad Kalwatar

A man has been jailed for a total of four years and eight months for drug offences.

Ashhad Kalwatar, 26, of Wells Road, Bristol, admitted of being concerned in the supply of cocaine, MDMA (ecstasy), ketamine and cannabis between August 2020 and January 2021.

He was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday 12 December.

The case came after Kalwatar was stopped by officers on Armada Place, Kingsdown, Bristol, on 22 January 2021 – while the country was in lockdown due to the Covid pandemic.

Officers were carrying out an operation to target on-street drug dealing in response to information from the community.

A search found a significant amount of high-purity cocaine – more than 41g – as well as 246g of cannabis in his vehicle.

Further investigation linked Kalwatar to the supply of a range of drugs over the six months leading up to his arrest.

If you or someone you know is affected by drug misuse you can find details of support services on the Bristol City Council website.

Your information is very important to help to target drug dealers and tackle the associated crime and disorder which can blight our communities. You can report drug crime on our website.

Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously by calling 0800 555 111, or through the Crimestoppers website.