Drug dealer jailed in his absence - Welwyn Garden City

18/12/2015

A drug dealer, who has gone on the run, was jailed for 8 and a half years in his absence today, Friday, 18 December 2015.

Laurelle Tomlinson, aged 19, had travelled from Edmonton in North London to find new customers in Welwyn Garden City. He was arrested in the town on 9 December last year with his 17-year-old girlfriend. No drugs were found on him, but she had 94 wraps, 23 of heroin and 71 of crack cocaine, hidden in her underwear, St Albans Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Kim Elcoate May said the drugs weighed 14 grams and had a street value of £940. A list of drug users in Welwyn Garden City was found at Tomlinson's London address.

Tomlinson, of Verity Court, Edmonton, was convicted in his absence of two counts of possessing cocaine and heroin with intent to supply after absconding during his trial. He had two previous drug supply convictions. At an earlier court hearing, his girlfriend received a rehabilitation order for concealing the drugs.

Dale Beeson, defending, said Tomlinson was a small-time operator who had not "displayed the lifestyle trappings of a major drug dealer."

Jailing him, Judge John Plumstead said: "The girl was being used by him as a camouflage for his drug dealing. I am satisfied he is a Class A drug dealer who makes his living by exploiting drug users."

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