Dealer jailed for commuting daily to Swindon to push crack cocaine and heroin

By Ben Fitzgerald - 10 December 2018

Crime

A London drug dealer who was supplying drugs to users in Swindon has been jailed for eight years.

Reuben Rose, 25, from Windrush Road in London was sentenced at Swindon Crown Court on Friday 30 November after pleading guilty to supplying heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis to users in the town. 

Rose first came to Wiltshire Police's attention in July 2015 where he was suspected of driving around the area delivering the illicit drugs to local drug users. He was stopped a number of times during the summer of 2015 after intelligence showed that he was travelling to Swindon on almost a daily basis. 

When stopped by officers, he was found to be in possession of phones suspected of being linked to drug deals as well as a large amount of cash. Investigations continued and then in December 2015 police identified an address Rose was using in London and executed a drugs warrant there.  During the raid, officers seized nearly seven and a half ounces of crack cocaine and heroin and four ounces of cannabis with a total estimated street value of £20,000.  They also seized a live firearm.  

Whilst on bail to Swindon Crown Court, Rose was stopped in Essex where he was found to be in possession of approximately 60 street deals of crack cocaine and heroin and a phone suspected to be involved in drug supply.  He pleaded not guilty to this offence but was later found guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court. 

On 30 November 2018, he was sentenced to four and a half years for the Swindon offences and three and half years for the offences in Essex. 

PC Gareth Snoad, from the Dedicated Crime Team in Swindon, said:  "This is another example where Wiltshire Police were able to act on information provided to us by members of the public. 

"County lines drugs supply is a national problem and needs to be targeted as it affects everyone within our communities. 

"We are determined to stamp this out but need your help - if you suspect someone to be involved in drug dealing please call us on 101 or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."  

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