Eastbourne drug dealer jailed after being caught by police on patrol

A drug dealer has been jailed for more than three years after being caught by police on patrol in Eastbourne.

Thursday, 23rd December 2021, 11:50 am

A drug dealer has been jailed for more than three years after being caught by police on patrol in Eastbourne.

According to Sussex Police, officers were in the town centre on November 18 when they saw a group of people ‘behaving suspiciously’ in Willowfield Road around 10.45am.

Believing a drug deal had just taken place, officers made an attempt to stop and search the group. Police say two men ran away but officers gave chase and both men were stopped and detained moments later.

Andre Bovell-Phillips. Photo by Sussex Police. SUS-211223-114146001

One man was found in possession of three mobile phones, £100 in cash and 42 wraps of Class A drugs hiding in a cigarette packet. The wraps were tested and found to be crack cocaine and heroin, police confirmed.

The man was identified as 25-year-old Andre Bovell-Phillips, unemployed and of no fixed address. Police say he was arrested and later charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

While Bovell-Phillips was remanded into custody police continued to gather evidence which included downloading messages from his phones. These messages showed conversations relating to the distribution of drugs.

When presented with all the evidence at court on December 17, Bovell-Phillips pleaded guilty to both offences. He was sentenced to a total of 39 months’ imprisonment.

Chief Inspector Di Lewis, district commander for Eastbourne, said, “Thanks to the observant officers on patrol, we were able to seize a quantity of dangerous Class A drugs and stop a drug dealer from bringing harm into our community.

“We will continue to take action against drug-related activity, to protect the public and make the town a safe place to live, work and visit.

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“Please report information to us online or by calling 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”