Drug dealing father jailed - Biggleswade

09/07/2014

A father of three who turned to drug dealing when he got into financial difficulties has today, Wednesday, 09 July 2014, been sent to prison for four years and nine months.

Jamie Joseph took to supplying cocaine and cannabis thinking he could make enough money to clear his debts. But as he jailed 29-year-old Joseph at Luton Crown Court, Judge Michael Kay QC said many people got into debt without resorting to crime and pedaling misery.

It was on 01 February this year that police swooped on Joseph's home in Carrs Gardens, Blunham Road, Biggleswade.

Judge Kay said it was in Joseph's Mercedes van, parked outside, that officers found a holdall containing cocaine with a street value of between £6000 and £9400. Also in the holdall was skunk cannabis with a street value of £6870.

Two mobile phones found with the drugs indicated Joseph wasn't just a street dealer supplying to users, but that he was also higher up the chain and was supplying wholesale to another man who was running his own drug supply operation with dealers working for him.

Judge Kay was told that part of the cocaine haul was of a particularly high purity which suggested Joseph had links to others extremely high up in the supply of Class A drugs.

Joseph, a plasterer, pleaded guilty to possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply, and possessing skunk cannabis with intent to supply.

The court heard that also found by police was cash to the value of £1900 representing some of Joseph's ill gotten gains. As well as sending him to prison the judge ordered the money seized be forfeited along with his van.

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