A 24-year-old has been sentenced to 40 months in prison after pleading guilty to two charges of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs in Northampton.
While on patrol on August 14 this year, an officer from Northamptonshire Police’s Operation Revive West team witnessed Devontae Tyon Harris handing over a small package in exchange for cash in Prentice Walk, Northampton.
The officer approached Harris, who was with another man, and asked them to stop, causing both to run off. Following a short foot chase, Harris was swiftly detained and searched under Section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.
A gold iPhone was recovered along with £110 in cash and Harris was arrested and taken into police custody where a total of 58 individual wraps of cocaine (32) and heroin (26) were found in his underwear.
Harris was subsequently charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply a Class A drugs – namely cocaine and heroin - and appeared before Northampton Magistrates’ Court on August 16.
He was remanded into custody and the case transferred to Northampton Crown Court. On October 4, he pleaded guilty to both charges, and last Thursday (October 19) he returned to the same court to be sentenced to 40 months imprisonment and fined £228.
Sergeant Scott Garbett of the Operation Revive West team said: “I am pleased with the sentence handed to Devontae Harris, and hope this is seen as a deterrent to anyone who is thinking of dealing drugs in Northampton.
“Drug harm is a matter of priority for the Force, and we will continue to tenaciously enforce and disrupt drug dealers, who prey on the most vulnerable people in our society and bring misery to our streets and communities.”
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 anyone has 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.