Man sent back to prison thanks to tenacious police officer
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A 51-year-old drug dealer is back behind bars after being sentenced to four years in prison at Northampton Crown Court.
Carl Alan Richardson was arrested following the execution of a drugs warrant at a flat in Usher House, Chalcombe Avenue, in the Kingsthorpe area of Northampton, on May 16 this year.
Nine grams of heroin with an estimated street value of £900 and a mobile phone linked to drug dealing were seized, and Richardson, formerly of Northampton, was subsequently charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
At the time of his arrest, Richardson had recently been released from prison on licence after serving part of a 29-month sentence he had received for drug-related offences in 2020.
Richardson was one of five members of a gang who were convicted of operating a drugs line following Operation Eagle – a Northampton Neighbourhood Policing led investigation into the gang’s criminality in the St David’s area of Northampton.
At Northampton Crown Court on Friday, July 1, Richardson pleaded guilty to the offence of possession with intent to supply and was sentenced to four years in prison.
PC Louise O’Sullivan of the Northampton Neighbourhood Policing Team has played a pivotal role in bringing Richardson to justice, leading both this investigation and Operation Eagle in 2020.
She said: “I am pleased with the sentence which has been handed to Richardson, and hope this is seen as a deterrent to anyone who is thinking of dealing drugs within our communities.
“After Richardson was convicted in 2020, I had hoped that I wouldn’t be meeting him again in such circumstances however, sadly just months after being released from prison he was back selling drugs.
“Drug harm is a matter of priority for the Force, and we will continue to tenaciously enforce and disrupt drug dealers, who prey on some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and bring misery to our streets.”
In May, Chief Constable Nick Adderley launched the Force’s Matters of Priority for the next three years, and along with serious violence, serious and organised crime, violence against women and girls, drug harm was included.
If anyone has concerns in relation to any form of suspected illegal activity, please report it to us on 101, online at www.northants.police.uk/ro or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.