Man jailed for two years and six months after admitting drug supply offences
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A man found with more than 150 wraps of Class A drugs hidden on his body has been jailed for 30 months following an investigation by Northamptonshire Police.
On Sunday, May 28 this year, officers from the Force’s Operation Revive team, which is dedicated to bringing the offenders of serious violence associated with Class A drug dealing and gangs to justice, stopped a black Peugeot car in Wellingborough Road, Northampton.
Information suggested the vehicle was linked to the sale of illegal drugs, and both the driver and a 23-year-old passenger, Taye Christian, were detained for searches under Section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.
After a knife and items believed to be related to drug dealing were found in the car, both men were arrested and upon a further search in custody, a package of Class A drugs was found on Christian’s person.
When this was opened and the drugs were tested, it was found to contain 42 wraps of heroin, 123 wraps of cocaine, and four further larger rocks of both substances.
Christian, of Borman Close, Nuthall, Nottinghamshire, was charged with one count of possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply – cocaine, and one count of possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply – heroin, appearing before Northampton Magistrates’ Court on May 30.
He was remanded in custody ahead of a trial at Northampton Crown Court, but went on to enter guilty pleas to both charges. A third charge of possession of a bladed article was dismissed.
On October 26, he appeared before the same court for sentence and was given 30-month custodial sentences for both offences, to be served concurrently.
Speaking afterwards, investigating officer DC Amy Johnson of CID West, said: “Both the searches of Christian and the vehicle he was in, and a subsequent search of his home address, gave strong indications he was involved in the supply of drugs, which was confirmed by the wraps discovered once he was in custody.
“Tackling all forms of drug harm is a force priority, and those who exploit the vulnerabilities of others to profit from illegal drugs have no place in our county.
“From street level dealers to those running organised crime groups, we’re dedicated to bringing those responsible to justice and I’m pleased to see our commitment reflected in such a strong sentence at court.”
Operation Revive is the Force’s hard-hitting enforcement campaign which focuses on bringing the offenders of serious violence associated with Class A drug dealing and gangs to justice.
If you have concerns about drug dealing, or someone becoming drawn into gang culture, please report it to us on 101, online at www.northants.police.uk/ro or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.