A ketamine dealer who had a ‘drug shop’ in his flat has been jailed after police caught him out during an investigation into the death of a law student.
Lanoi Liddell, 23, was found in possession of drugs when he was pulled over by officers in the student area of Cardiff, Wales.
Police raided his flat and found a “drug shop” with up to £8,740 worth of ketamine, coke, MDMA and other drugs inside.
Liddell was released under investigation but police raided his flat again just one month later following the death of student Megan Pollitt, 18, who collapsed at her university halls of residence.
Megan had moved from her home in Rugby, Warwickshire, to begin her law degree at Cardiff University, but was tragically found collapsed in her halls after taking ketamine.
Prosecutor Thomas Stanway said the death led officers to carry out a second raid on Liddell’s flat in the city – which led to his arrest.
But there was no evidence Liddell supplied Megan Pollitt with the drug that led to her death, a judge said.
Cardiff Crown Court heard Liddell was first pulled over by police in his silver Toyota Yaris on October 12 last year.
Mr Stanway said: “He reacted to them when he realised they were police.
“The police constable approached the driver’s side and the defendant was identified and handcuffed and appeared nervous.”
The court heard Liddell was found to be carrying 41-and-a-half tablets of Alprazolam – sold under the brand name Xanax – and over £200 cash.
He claimed it was for his own personal use and was taken to the police station where he lied and gave his mother’s address.
Police went to his flat after tracing where his car was registered and found the “drug shop.”
The court heard the property had 244.45g of ketamine, 62.9g of cocaine, 83g of MDMA, 8.3g of magic mushrooms and a range of tablets.
Prosecutor Mr Stanway said: “One month later a university student Megan Pollitt passed away having consumed a quantity of ketamine.”
The court heard enquiries surrounding the death then led police to the second raid on November 16.
Mr Stanway added: “There was insufficient evidence to link the defendant to that death.”
Liddell was arrested at the flat and his iPhone was seized and showed him to be involved in “street level supply.”
He later pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply MDMA, Ketamine and cocaine.
Judge Daniel Williams said Liddell was “obviously up to no good” when police first spotted him in the student area of Cathays.
He said: “You were soon at it again. By the end of the month you were supplying MDMA and ketamine.
“The latter investigation came about as the result of the tragic death of Megan Pollitt.
“There was no evidence that you supplied Megan Pollitt with the drug that led to her death.”
Liddell was jailed for three years and four months.
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Speaking after her death, Megan’s family paid tribute to the much-loved student with a “beautiful smile.”
They said: “Meg dedicated her time to everyone around her and was always there for others.
“She had recently started studying law in Cardiff and was full of dreams and aspirations.
“Having moved away Meg still enjoyed close contact with family and friends, sharing stories and laughter through visits and calls.
“We will miss her beautiful bright smile and positive energy that would lift the spirits of anyone.
“Meg loved the outdoor space, particularly hiking with her Dad and her dog. She had recently climbed Snowdon and reached the summit.
“Meg also loved reading the classics, watching Anime and listening to music as well as supporting the Wasps rugby team.
“Meg will be missed and forever loved by her Mum and Dad, sister, grandparents and friends.”