A Swindon man has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
Joseph Blaxall, aged 27, of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court on Monday (26 September).
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 Andrew Scott aged 32 of Lethbridge Road, 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 Blaxall. 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.
He was arrested, along with Scott, on suspicion of possession with intent to supply.
Blaxall pleaded guilty to the offence at an earlier date, while Scott pleaded not guilty but a jury found him guilty of three counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs last week. He had been using local drug addicts to sell drugs on his behalf. He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment.
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. I hope that this 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.”