Cocaine dealer jailed - Croxley Green

22/12/2014

Croxley Green drug dealer Edward Sweetman will spend Christmas behind bars after being caught with 27 grams of cocaine.

Sweetman, aged 51, told a judge today, Tuesday, 23 December 2014, that he only collected money from friends so he could buy the Class A drug in bulk. But Recorder Sandeep Kainth said he did not accept his case and jailed him for 34 months when he appeared at St Albans Crown Court.

Sweetman of The Guildhouse, New Road, Croxley Green pleaded guilty to possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply in June this year. In a basis of plea he said the drugs were bought with money from a syndicate. But prosecutor Edward Hollingsworth said that Sweetman's case was not accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and he was called to give evidence.

In the witness box, Sweetman said the names found on a list by the police were not people he supplied drugs to, but were his syndicate. He said: "The syndicate is seven mates and a couple of girls. We save up the money till we can buy drugs once a month. The names are my mates. I am not a dealer. I stay indoors. My mates come round watching the football or boxing -  whatever is on. None of the stuff leaves the house."

He told his barrister, Lateef Folaranmi, that he only received petrol money for collecting the drugs.

Under cross examination he said he had taken cocaine since he was aged 15 and had paid £900 for the drugs found at his home.

Recorder Kainth said he found Sweetman's account "fanciful." He said he thought Sweetman was a "low level commercial operator." He told him: "You knew full well when you entered on this enterprise there would be custodial sentence."

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