Trial dates set for suspected drug dealers

TRIAL dates have been set for a group of suspected drug dealers from Eastbourne.

Police rounded up and arrested 14 people during three-day Operation Colne before Christmas and 13 were charged with drug-related offences. Six of those remanded in custody were committed to Lewes Crown Court for trial on February 11 in preliminary hearings at Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court on January 11.

Thirty-two-year-old Sarah Chollerton, of no fixed abode, will face trial after allegedly supplying, or being concerned with dealing, heroin and crack cocaine on seven separate occasions.

Samantha Bradley, 26, of Percival Road, was sent to crown court, facing four charges of supplying class A drugs. She was arrested outside the Post Office in Langney Road. Forty-seven-year-old Gary Clarke of Jevington Gardens faces four charges of dealing and being concerned with supplying heroine and crack cocaine.

All three will stay in prison until their trial date. Alan Hobden, defending all three, did not object.

Kevin Crunden, 49, of Norway Road, will also appear in Lewes Crown Court on February 11, charged with 10 counts of supplying or being concerned with dealing heroin and crack cocaine.

Twenty-two-year-old Katie Williams, of Carlisle Road, was sent for trial on February 11 by magistrates, charged on three counts of supplying class A drugs. Her partner James King, 39, of Carlisle Road, was also committed to Lewes Crown Court for trial on February 11 for allegedly supplying cocaine and heroin on three separate occasions. Both have been remanded in custody. Gregory Nicholls, 37, of Hamsey Close, also appeared before magistrates on January 11, charged with six counts of supplying cocaine, heroin and crack cocaine.

Prosecutor Claire Prodger asked magistrates for more time to prepare her case and the case was adjourned until January 18. Nicholls was remanded in custody.

Ms Prodger said, “This has been quite a lengthy operation and there are others appearing in Hastings so clearly there is quite a lot of work to be done and unfortunately it fell over the Christmas holiday.”