A Swindon drug dealer has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment after he was found guilty of three counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
Andrew Scott, aged 32, of Lethbridge Road, was sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court today after he was found to be using local drug addicts to sell drugs on his behalf in a bid to reduce his chances of being caught by police.
At approximately 9.50pm on 3 June 2015, police spotted a white BMW 1 series pull into an alleyway and stop on Cricklade Road, Swindon. A known heroin and crack cocaine user was seen to walk up to the window on the driver’s side. At this time, officers attempted to detain all those in the car, but Scott, who was driving, tried and failed to drive off. Officers were able to detain all those involved for drug searches to be carried out.
The front passenger was Joseph Blaxall, aged 27, of no fixed abode. As he was removed from the car he was seen to spit a number of items into a bush and three packages of crack cocaine were located.
Both Scott and Blaxall were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply controlled drugs and released on bail pending further enquiries.
A total of £306 was seized from Scott, along with a number of mobile phones.
At approximately 1.25pm on 21 October 2015, police witnessed a suspected drug deal in the High Street, Swindon. Due to the suspicious activity, officers detained 36-year-old Joleen Neal, aged 36, of Devizes, Road, Wroughton, and a drugs search was carried out. She was found in possession of a bundle of wraps of suspected class A drugs, £100 cash and a mobile phone. She was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and later charged. The package was found to contain 26 packages of heroin with a total street value of £260. Her phone was found to be the ‘reactivated’ number of one of the phones seized from Scott on 3 June.
The drug wraps were tested for DNA and Scott’s full profile was present.
Both Blaxall and Neal pleaded guilty to the offences at Gloucester Crown Court at an earlier date, while Scott pleaded not guilty and was sent to trial.
Neal was given a prison sentence for five years and eight months, while Blaxall is due to be sentenced on 26 September.
Detective Constable George Booth, of the North Dedicated Crime Team, said: “The trade of hard drugs brings untold misery to those addicted, and has knock on effects throughout our communities. The fact that a drug dealer further used the addictions of others in order to coerce them to peddle his drugs in a bid to try and reduce his risk of being caught makes the sentence a good conclusion to the case. I hope that it sends a message out to members of our community that we will seek to identify and prosecute those people responsible for running these kinds of operations, even if they try and remain removed from the actual dealing.
“To report drug activity in your area, please call police on 101.”