Drug Dealer jailed - St Albans

17/05/2013

A London drug dealer who was caught by officers on patrol in Hemel Hempstead was today, Friday 17 May, jailed for 3 years.

Eric Cameron, 43, was driving a silver BMW that was stopped in Three Cherries Lane on September 1 last year.

When the car was searched, a bag containing white powder and two bundles of bank notes amounting to £2,730 was found, St Albans Crown Court was told.

When the powder was analysed, it was found to be 165.9 grams of cocaine, said prosecutor Sheilagh Davies.

Cameron and his passenger were arrested and taken to Hemel Hempstead police station. He made no comment to police interviews. The other man is still to face trial.

Jamaican-born Cameron, of Crabtree Close, London, E2, pleaded guilty to possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply. He had previous convictions for possessing crack and heroin. He was jailed for 3 years and 4 months in January 2009 at Ipswich for possessing crack cocaine and heroin with intent.

Defence barrister Adam Harbinson said Cameron was merely the driver who was transporting the drugs. He said the father of six was running a restaurant in Hackney and had become involved in drug dealing because he owed £19,000 to the taxman. "He is remorseful and feels he has let down his family," he said.

Jailing him, Judge Andrew Bright QC ordered that the money found should be confiscated, but he said he could not confiscate the BMW as that had been a courtesy car that did not belong to Cameron.

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