Eastbourne man jailed for five years for dealing heroin and crack in Brighton

An Eastbourne man has been jailed for five years and three months after being found guilty of dealing Class A drugs in Brighton.

Thursday, 23rd September 2021, 5:25 pm
Updated Friday, 1st October 2021, 1:14 pm

An Eastbourne man has been jailed for five years and three months after being found guilty of dealing Class A drugs in Brighton.

A second man, from Manchester, was also found guilty of the same charges as well as being in possession with the intent to supply heroin and crack, according to police.

A Sussex Police spokesperson said, “Joaquim Ruela, 28, of Bedfordwell Road in Eastbourne, and Itiano Pedro Fernandes-Vinhas, 28, of Lloyd Street South in Manchester, were jailed for five years and three months and five years and six months respectively at Lewes Crown Court on September 3.

Joaquim Ruela. Picture from Sussex Police SUS-210923-171920001

“Shortly after midnight on Saturday, November 24, 2018, Fernandes-Vinhas was seen acting suspiciously by plain-clothed officers around the Pool Valley area of Brighton and a short time later was seen leaving the Hostelpoint hostel in Grand Junction Road.

“Officers stopped and searched Fernandes-Vinhas, Ruela and a third associate nearby, and both Fernandes-Vinhas and Ruela were found to be in possession of cannabis.”

Officers said both men were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply controlled drugs.

A search of a hostel room connected to the pair discovered Class A drugs with a street value of more than £3,000 and more than £1,600 in cash, according to police.

Itiano Pedro Fernandes-Vinhas. Picture from Sussex Police SUS-210923-171930001

Police said messages on a linked mobile phone also found references to drug dealing.

The spokesperson said, “Joaquim Ruela was charged with being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs (heroin and crack) and was found guilty on both counts at Lewes Crown Court on July 21. He was sentenced to five years and three months in prison.

“Itiano Pedro Fernandes-Vinhas was found guilty of the same charges, as well as being in possession with the intent to supply heroin and crack. He was jailed for five years and six months in total.”

Joaquim Ruela SUS-210110-125742001