Bedford drug dealer jailed for two and a half years - Luton

04/03/2014

Police armed with a search warrant found the drugs they were looking for in a Quality Street tin. Shortly before they turned up at Wayne Sheppard's home in Costin Street, Bedford, they were pretty sure he had drugs on the premises.

Luton Crown Court was told today, Tuesday, 04 March 2014, that the 24-year-old told officers straight away where they could find his haul. He directed them to the tin in the kitchen and, inside, officers found the drugs.

As a result, Sheppard appeared in court today via a video link from the prison where he is being held on remand, to plead guilty to possessing a class A drug in the form of 25 MDMA tablets. He also admitted Supplying a Class A drug to another, being concerned in the supply of methadone, a class B drug, and possessing cannabis.

Claudette Elliott, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that on Sheppard's mobile phone text messages were discovered indicative of his dealing. Scales and £70 in cash were also seized by the police. The prosecutor said it also became apparent to the officers that Sheppard had someone called 'Andy' working for him, who was selling drugs on his behalf.

Judge Richard Foster was told that, following the death of his father in 2012 and relationship problems, his drug use had increased with the result that he began selling drugs to friends and at raves to fund his own habit. However, the court heard that Sheppard had begun taking steps off his own back to tackle his drug problems.

Judge Foster told Sheppard: "Drugs are evil and you were prepared to spread the misery onto others."

The judge told Sheppard he had been running his own "cottage industry" in drug dealing.

He jailed him for a total of two years and eight months.

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