Man jailed for three years for drug offences and making indecent images

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A man has been jailed for three years for possession with intent to supply class A drugs and making indecent images of children.

William Andrews, aged 36, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced at Swindon Crown Court on Wednesday 12 July.

On 5 December 2016, officers from the Dedicated Crime Team stopped a man seen leaving an address in Mill Street, Trowbridge, after it was suspected he had been in the area to purchase class A drugs. A search was carried out inside the address where Andrews was located. He was found to have approximately 28 individual wraps of crack cocaine in his possession, and a large amount of paraphernalia, a knife, mobile phones and further class A drugs were found in the property.

During the search, a number of items were seized for analysis, including Andrews’ computer which was later found to contain a number of indecent images of children.

PC Joe Shanklin, of the Dedicated Crime Team, said: “The evidence we were able to gather in this case clearly showed that Andrews was a street level dealer selling crack cocaine to vulnerable drug users within our communities.

“We will not tolerate this behaviour – drug dealing is not a victimless crime and we will do all that we can to ensure people like Andrews are caught and brought to justice.

“As well as this, Andrews had indecent images of children on his computer – by downloading these images, Andrews clearly had no regard for the suffering of these children in these pictures. Wiltshire Police is committed to tracking down those who obtain this kind of material.

“I am pleased with the sentencing handed out – it reflects the serious nature of the crimes committed.”

Andrews is already on the sex offenders register for a previous matter.

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