A DRUG dealer swallowed more than a hundred wraps of class A drugs when he was cornered by police during a chase through Oxford city centre.

After his arrest police officers had to patiently wait for Ibrahim Mohamed, of Hilary Road, London, to pass the 172 wraps of crack cocaine and heroin which carried a street value of £1,720.

The 19-year old appeared at Oxford Crown Court on Wednesday for sentencing after admitting two counts of possession with intent to supply the drugs.

Prosecutors said at the hearing how he was first spotted by police at Gloucester Green on May 15.

On seeing the officers Mohamed ran off and was eventually cornered inside the WH Smith store at Cornmarket Street.

Despite efforts to stop him ingesting the drugs, the court heard, Mohamed stuffed the illicit substances down his throat in an apparent bid to conceal them.

The teenager was duly arrested and police went on to wait for the drugs to be passed, which on analysis were found to include 8.59g of crack cocaine, made up of 120 wraps with a street value of £1,200, and 4.47g of heroin, made up of 52 wraps totalling £520.

In mitigation, Kellie Enever said that her client was a man of previous good character and was from a ‘hard-working’ family background.

She said: “He is bright, he is not an idiot, but he has made some very, very bad choices. He is clearly bright and intelligent and he chose a path that is contrary to what he is capable of.”

Arguing that he played a minimal role in the dealing she added: “You won’t readily swallow drugs and excrete them through your anus if you are sitting in the seat of power.”

Sentencing, Judge Zoe Smith said: “Despite the fact that you are extremely bright you nevertheless entered this drugs world and came here to Oxford in order to supply drugs to the community here.”

Mohamed was jailed for 32 months and must pay a victim surcharge.