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Man sentenced for drug offences in and around Salisbury

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A man has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment for five counts of possession with intent to supply.

Stephen Charles White, aged 34, of Pen Hill Avenue in Poole, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court.

On 7th September 2014, White was caught at his home address in possession of almost 80 grams of heroin with a street value of approximately £7,900. Approximately £2,000 cash was also seized from his address.

He claimed he was looking after the heroin for someone else but text messages about dealing were found on his phone and he admitted possession with intent to supply.

On 12th November 2014, a man from Salisbury was stopped by plain clothes officers in Exeter Street, Salisbury, and discarded an amount of heroin and crack. This was forensically tested and came back with White's DNA. Further enquiries revealed that the man had travelled down to the Poole area just prior to his arrest.

White admitted supplying these drugs to the man.

On 19th November 2014, White was stopped again by officers and they found further amounts of heroin and crack cocaine which White also pleaded guilty to.

He was further arrested on 17th April by Salisbury officers after they located cannabis and further quantity of heroin.

White pleaded guilty to all charges and was remanded in custody.

This week, he was sentenced to two-and-a-half years for the Dorset offence in September and four-and-a-half years for the November offences in Salisbury. These sentences will be served consecutively.

PC Mark Welch from Salisbury CID said: "This arrest was an example of excellent proactive police work.

"I am pleased with the sentence handed out to White. I believe it sends a strong message that we will not tolerate drug dealing in Salisbury and I hope that it acts as a deterrent to anyone who is concerned in the supply of drugs that you will be caught and brought to justice.

"Anyone wishing to report any drug related crime should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously if preferred."

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