Thrapston man jailed for five years for drug offences
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A man who admitted to running a significant Class A drug dealing operation in Thrapston has been jailed for five years.
Lewis Manning, aged 24, was stopped in the town on April 16 this year as part of an operation by Northamptonshire Police, and was found to be in possession of cocaine and cannabis with an estimated street value of £4,500, plus £2,500 cash.
The investigation into Manning’s activities by the Force’s Serious and Organised Crime Team (SOCT) revealed that he had been dealing Class A and B drugs for months, all while under the terms of a community order imposed by a court following his conviction for assault in 2019.
Manning, of Charles Street, had entered guilty pleas at a previous court hearing on June 2, and appeared at Northampton Crown Court for sentencing on Friday, July 2.
He was jailed for two years for offering to supply cocaine, and 18 months for offering to supply cannabis, to be served concurrently.
For possession of cocaine with intent to supply Manning was further jailed for three years, to run consecutively.
For possession of cannabis with intent to supply he was sentenced to 18 months, to be served concurrently, and was given 12 months for possession of criminal property, relating to the cash seized, again to run concurrently, making a total sentence length of five years.
Sentencing, Recorder Michael Auty said: “The supply of drugs is a wicked trade which is a blight on the lives of so many. Those involved must understand that there is a heavy price to pay.”
Speaking after the hearing, Detective Sergeant Keith Morson, of the SOCT, said: “I am very pleased and satisfied with the conviction and sentencing of Manning.
“The investigative team put in a lot of hard work on this case. The strength of the evidence presented to the court has shown that he had been supplying Class A and B drugs for a long period of time and now he faces the serious consequences of this.”