Drug dealer jailed for 3 years 8 months - St Albans


Drug dealer Timothy Baker was jailed for 3 years 8 months today, Wednesday, 08 January 2014, after being caught with cocaine, ecstasy and two unlicensed shotguns.

Baker, 56, was stopped in his car by the police in a dead end, close to his home in Ware at a quarter to eight in the evening. They discovered two wraps of cocaine, weighing 0.41 grams in the console of the car, and £1800 in an envelope. Another £85 was found on him, St Albans Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Sarah Porter said, Baker told the arresting officer it was his redundancy money. At his home, he directed the police to a locked box in his bedroom, where there were two bags of ecstasy weighing a total of 1.35 grams, and another wrap of cocaine, weighing 0.4 grams. Another £460 in cash was recovered, along with electronic scales.

In a wardrobe were two shotguns that should have had a licence, and two air rifles. Boxes of ammunition and pellets were also recovered.  Baker's mobile phone was examined and the police found six text messages making "veiled references" to the buying and selling of drugs, she said.

Baker, of Church Road, Ware, pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply on 30 July last year and two counts of possessing a shot gun without a certificate.  He had two convictions from the 1990s for possessing Class A drugs and cultivating cannabis.  He did not answer police questions in interview, but when being interviewed for a pre sentence report, Baker told a probation officer he had been dealing drugs for three years.

Andrew Morton, defending, said the £1800 in the envelope was from Baker's redundancy and he was intending to give it to his daughter as a birthday present.  "He was a street dealer, selling direct to end users. He was fully co-operative with the police and has pleaded guilty at the first opportunity," he said.

Mr Morton said Baker had the shotguns for 25 to 30 years and had not used them. He said they had been kept under tarpaulin in the wardrobe, they were of a very low caliber and it had been his intention to get a licence for them. He said he had directed the police to the location of the guns and drugs in his bedroom.  He said Baker had now secured a job as a manager at a logistics firm and had not used cocaine or any other drug since his arrest.

Jailing him Judge Marie Catterson said: "You were acting as a street dealer in Class A drugs and had done so for a significant period."

The judge ordered that a financial investigator from the police should look into Baker's finances. It will then be decided if a proceeds of crime hearing should take place against him. She said the drugs and scales should be forfeited and destroyed.

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