St Ann's heroin and crack cocaine dealers jailed
Two St Ann's drug dealers have been jailed after admitting supplying heroin and crack cocaine.
The two men were sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday after they pleaded guilty to Class A drug offences.
Stephen Beard, aged 34, of Warton Avenue in St Ann’s, received four-and-a-half-years for three offences of supplying crack cocaine and two offences of supplying heroin.
Javan Swanwick, aged 21, of Hendon Rise in St Ann’s, received three years in prison for three counts of supplying crack cocaine and one count of supplying heroin.
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Three other people, who had also pleaded guilty to Class A drug offences, appeared alongside the pair.
Sarah Rolley, aged 33, of Warton Avenue in St Ann’s, received a 12-month suspended sentence for two years for two offences of supplying crack cocaine and one count of supplying heroin.
Craig Roach, aged 23, of no fixed address, who had admitted two counts of supplying heroin, and Callum Arthur, aged 19, of Valley Road in Basford, who admitted one offence of supplying heroin, had their sentences deferred until next year.
The group's dealings were uncovered as part of a surveillance operation by detectives in the St Ann's area of Nottingham in 2011.
They were seen handling drugs packages as well as supplying heroin and crack cocaine to customers within residential areas in St Ann’s.
Enquiries led detectives to couple Beard and Rolley, whose home was being used as a ‘safe house’ for the illegal outfit. Dealers were utilising a cut through from a neighbouring back garden, which led to waste land, known locally as ‘The Retreat’, where the deals were taking place.
A series of search warrants were carried out and, as a result, bundles of heroin and crack cocaine were seized, as well as quantities of cash and drugs paraphernalia.
Judge James Sampson said Beard had controlled the stash and been a busy individual doing so, while Swanwick had used a debt Beard had to him to wield power over the illegal outfit.
Ultimately he accused all five of them of playing a part in this drugs ring, which operated in a residential area, ruining lives and causing crime.
Detective James McDonagh was involved in the operation to bring the group to justice. He said: “They were not subtle about their illegal dealings, but they were very organised, depending on each other to be lookouts for police.
“But they had their eyes in the wrong places because we were right under their noses for the best part of a year, gathering evidence of their illicit activities.
“With the five of them now convicted we have removed a significant amount of Class A drugs from the streets of Nottingham that will no longer corrupt our communities.”