Swindon Class A drug dealer jailed for more than four years

By Jessica Durston - 7 December 2021

Crime
  • 23-year-old Navado Rhoden

    23-year-old Navado Rhoden

A man in Swindon has been sentenced to four years and three months in jail for supplying crack cocaine and heroin.

Swindon Police say the drug dealer was arrested and sentenced as part of a proactive police operation.

Navado Rhoden, 23, of Welcombe Avenue, was arrested in October as part of a police operation that closed 15 County Lines in Wiltshire, with raids taking place across Swindon.

Rhoden was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs, after a warrant was executed in Reading following an investigation into the ‘Cody’ drugs line and he was taken to Gablecross Police Station.

A search of the premises in which Rhoden was located was carried out and a phone linked to the ‘Cody’ drug line was seized.

Rhoden had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of being concerned in supplying Class A drugs in relation to crack cocaine and heroin.

He appeared at Swindon Crown Court last Thursday - 2 December - and sentenced to four years and three months in prison.

Detective Sergeant Joe Shanklin, of Wiltshire Police's Fortitude Team, said: "This investigation was part of Operation Accentor, a large-scale operation we carried out to disrupt and dismantle Class A drug dealing in Swindon.

"Officers from the Fortitude team have worked hard to gather evidence for this case, as well as others linked to the same operation, to ensure we see these offenders face justice.

"We all know the damage that illegal drugs cause to our communities and we will continue to target County Lines dealers to disrupt their activity, seize their drugs and take them to court."  

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