Four men involved in dealing Class A drugs in Eastbourne have each started significant jail sentences after a ‘painstaking’ police investigation.
Geovanni Biggs, 20, unemployed, of Denzil Road, London NW10; Tamer Bodur, 20, a sales assistant, of no fixed address; and Jarryd Smith, 28, of Highdown Lane, Sutton, Surrey, were all charged with being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine, said Sussex Police.
Biggs and Bodur were also charged with being concerned in the supply of heroin, and Smith with possessing heroin with intent to supply. Sussex Police said all three pleaded guilty and all were sentenced to three years’ imprisonment.
The fourth man, Kaysharn Williams, 18, a student, of no fixed address, was charged with being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin. He pleaded not guilty but was convicted by a jury and was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment, said police.
In October 2017 a police prevention enforcement team was outside an address in Seaside, Eastbourne, when officers reportedly saw Smith dealing drugs in the street. He was arrested and, when officers entered the property, the three other offenders were found.
Police say drugs were recovered from Biggs and Bodur, and a total of £1,495 was found on the trio. This was confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Detective Inspector Gavin Patch said the case showed excellent co-operation between the community investigation and prevention enforcement teams. He said, “This should send a strong message to those who deal in drugs that we will use the full extent of our powers to secure evidence and achieve convictions which in this case involved an extended period in police custody to recover all drugs held by these men.”
A spokesperson for Sussex Police said, “This investigation demonstrates the force’s 18-22 local policing model in action. Precept increases secured earlier this year are being used to strengthen local teams even further, improve ways for people to contact us and to modernise the way we work.”
Inspector Rachel Barrow said, “I’d like to reassure people in Eastbourne we are constantly and consistently taking action to combat drug abuse and those responsible for facilitating the supply of drugs, particularly those who cause the most harm to our communities.
“The sentencing on this occasion is really encouraging for officers and the public to see and I would encourage anyone affected by the supply of drugs to tell us about it.”
Anyone having information about drug dealing can report details online or by phoning 101. Alternatively, the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously via its website or by phoning 0800 555111.
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