Croydon man sentenced to five years imprisonment for possession with intent to supply class A drugs

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A Croydon man has been sentenced to five years imprisonment after he was found guilty of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

Jamel Leader-Thomas, aged 28, of Clarendon Road, was arrested in February 2016, after officers attended an address in Little George Mead to carry out a welfare check on the occupants.

Leader-Thomas was located inside the flat and could not give officers a genuine account as to why he was there. It was suspected that he was drug dealing inside the flat and he was detained under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

A search of the property revealed that he was trying to conceal something between his buttocks.

This was retrieved and discovered to be 19 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine.

PC Luke Barnett, of the Dedicated Crime Team, said: “This was a classic case of criminals targeting vulnerable people by befriending them and then taking over their homes to deal drugs – otherwise known as cuckooing

“The Dedicated Crime Team will proactively target known premises and vulnerable members of the community that we suspect may be at risk from out of county Dangerous Drug Networks (DDN) looking to set up their drug dealing business in the market towns of Wiltshire.

“Leader-Thomas was a London runner that had been sent down by a DDN to operate out of the flat in Chippenham.

"If you suspect drug activity in your area, please call police on 101."

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