A SOUTHAMPTON man has been locked up for drug dealing offences in the city.

Shiraz Ahmadzai has been jailed for three years and six months.

The 19-year-old of Cobden Avenue had pleaded guilty to three counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs - cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin.

Southampton Crown Court heard how officers raided an address in Northam Road on January 7 this year.

A man inside the building reportedly threw a package into a neighbouring garden.

It was then searched to reveal three smaller packages of Class A drugs with a combined street value of £4,980.

Detective Constable Simon Wyeth from Southampton CID said “This is an excellent result following a great piece of work by officers from the High Harm Team, and the Criminal Investigation Department who brought this investigation to court.

“Drugs supply is often connected to associated crime including serious violence and the exploitation and abuse of vulnerable adults and children, which is why tackling drugs remains one of our priorities.

“We are committed to keeping our communities safe and we encourage anyone who suspects drug-related activity to be taking place in their area to contact us. Every call you make helps us to build a stronger intelligence picture and enables us to take action. Call us on 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."