Cocaine drug dealer jailed - Hemel Hempstead

27/06/2013

Cocaine with a street value of up to £1.2 million was found when the police stopped a speeding BMW on the M1 at Hemel Hempstead.

The drugs had been picked up by Darron BRUETON in Coventry who told the officers: "I picked up a bag for a mate. It is on the back seat. I think it is blow (cannabis). I got a couple of hundred for doing it."

Today, Thursday, 27 June 2013, Brueton, 38, from Queensway, Ongar, Essex, was jailed for 5 years after pleading guilty at St Albans Crown Court to possessing a Class A drug with into to supply.

Prosecutor Gavin Pottinger said the BMW was stopped on the southbound carriageway at junction 8, after being seen speeding. He said the officers were told that the vehicle might also have been involved in drugs.

The bag was examined and found to contain 4.9986 kilos of powder containing cocaine. At 100 per cent purity it would weigh 4.3 kilos and, if divided into street deals at 20 per cent purity, would sell for between £840,000 and £1.26 million, he said.

When questioned Brueton refused to say who he was working for, but said he knew he was "doing something dodgy."  He said he had debts of £36,000 and owed £1,000 from his own drug habit. The court was told he had no relevant previous convictions.

Sean Minihan, defending, said Brueton was a separated father of two, who had worked as a plasterer. He was injured last year and unable to work. He did not claim benefits and had got into debt when he agreed to be a courier. "He was asked to do a job, to pick up a package from Coventry. He was paid £100 up front and spent £50 on diesel. He accepts he was naive and acted out of desperation," he said.  He said Brueton, who pleaded guilty on the day his trial was due to start, was remorseful and had stopped using drugs.

Jailing him, Judge Stephen Warner said: "You carried out the activity for a relatively small amount of money. However desperate you may have been you chose, tragically, to be involved in what was clearly a criminal enterprise. You played a willing role in the distribution chain on a commercial scale.

"Those who deal in Class A drugs face losing their liberty for a substantial period of time. The abuse of these drugs blights the lives of the people addicted to them."

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