Drug dealer jailed - Herts


East Herts drugs dealer David Irons was caught in an undercover police operation. Irons, 28, was jailed today, Friday, 09 August 2013, after he admitted supplying wraps of heroin to an officer he knew as Dan.

Sally Mealing-McLeod, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) told St Albans Crown Court that in September and October last year Irons was involved in 9 secretly-recorded deals. On one occasion Irons took Dan to Harlow where he bought £400 of heroin before returning to Ware.

Other £10 deals took place in Gladstone Road, Ware; on the canal path in Ware; Ware High Street; the Baldock Street roundabout; the bandstand on Ware Priory, and Canons Road.

Text messages on his phone, after his arrest, contained drug messages referring to him having: "better food," "three for 25" and him being "about," said the prosecutor.

Irons of Merrill Place, Bishop's Stortford, pleaded guilty to 9 counts of supplying a Class A drug. He had 8 previous convictions for 11 offences.

Richard Ricks, defending, that until April last year Irons had been working. At the time of the offences he had split up from the mother of his four children. Since then they have been reunited and she is now expecting their fifth child.

He said he had sold drugs to clear his own debt to a dealer. He has now referred himself to a local agency dealing with substance abuse, he said.

Judge Stephen Warner sentenced him to 27 months.

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