A drug dealer has been jailed for five and a half years after admitting class A drug offences.
Scott Hughes, 48, from Great Wyrley, was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court on 31 January after pleading guilty to two counts of being concerned in the supply of heroin and two counts of being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine.
He also pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply crack cocaine, possession with intent to supply heroin, and two counts of acquiring/using/possessing criminal property.
On 15 June, 2022, Hughes was a passenger in a grey Kia Picanto stopped by officers on Glenthorne Drive, in Great Wyrley. He was found in possession of £277 in cash and a mobile phone. When officers later searched an address on Glenthorne Drive, they discovered scales, methadone and traces of cocaine.
On 6 June, last year, Hughes was arrested at an address on Glenthorne Drive for an unrelated matter. During a search in custody officers discovered crack cocaine, a phone and £650 in cash.
Five months later, on 2 November, at 2.30pm, on Cannock Road, Chadsmoor, Hughes was a passenger in a white Audi stopped by proactive officers. They found £1,500 in cash and a smart phone.
Finally, on 5 December, last year, Hughes was stopped and searched by officers on Railway View, Hednesford, at 2.50pm. The defendant dropped his stash of heroin and crack cocaine onto the floor but officers seized the drugs, alongside a phone and cash.
Detective Sergeant Jonathan Bradbury, who dealt with the investigation, said: “I am pleased with the sentence handed out to Hughes as it, once again, illustrates how our officers continue to work hard proactively to disrupt the supply of drugs in Staffordshire to protect vulnerable individuals and our communities.”
The sentencing follows our ongoing commitment to proactively target serious and organised crime across Staffordshire.
We launched Operation Target in May last year and have been working with local police forces to disrupt and pursue criminals who plan, organise and commit serious criminal offences across the county, including drug supply, illegal firearms, knife crime, human trafficking and sexual exploitation.