Man, 32, sentenced for drugs offences and assaulting police officers
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A 32-year-old man has been sentenced to three years and nine months in prison after pleading guilty to Class A drugs offences and the assault of two police officers.
In the evening of August 10, 2021, Aaron Benjamin Lerigo, previously of Northampton, was stopped in Kettering Road in a hired Citroen C5.
As officers attempted to detain him in order to search the car, Lerigo tried to shut the car door and escape. During the struggle he bit one police officer before punching another one in the face.
Lerigo was arrested and a search of the car turned up a large quantity of cocaine, deal bags, and a large amount of cash. A further 13 bags of 1g deals were found in his underwear during a search in custody.
After pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, possession of criminal property and assaulting two police officers, Lerigo was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison at Northampton Crown Court at the beginning of December.
Lead Investigator, DC Miners, said: “Aaron Lerigo knew he had been caught red-handed when he got stopped that evening in August but instead of accepting his fate, he lashed out at two police officers who were simply doing their jobs.
“No police officer comes to work to be assaulted and it will never be seen as ‘part of the job’. This is why we take a zero-tolerance approach and will always pursue criminal action when someone attacks our colleagues.
“I am pleased Lerigo has been sent to prison and I hope it sends a message to other drug dealers – we are watching you and whether it be today, next week, or next month, we will catch you and we will bring you to justice.”