Sarah Robinson, Reporter
Thursday, January 16, 2014
A YEAR-LONG investigation into drug supply in Weston, where plants worth around £10,000 were seized, has seen four people sentenced.
They were found guilty of being involved in a conspiracy to supply and supplying cannabis before being sentenced at Bristol Crown Court this week.
In February last year, Carl Myers, aged 29 from Longridge Way, and Anthony Cason, aged 31 and of no fixed abode, were stopped by the local police beat team while driving on Coleridge Road.
They were seen to throw items out of a car window, which were discovered to be two bags of cannabis each weighing 27 grams, with an estimated street value of £530.
Two blocks of cannabis resin, weighing half a kilo and with a street value of £5,000, were also found when officers searched the car.
Cason was found to be in possession of £436 in cash.
During a search of Myers’ home, officers found further cannabis plants worth around £10,000 in street value.
Cason was sentenced to 28 months in custody for his part in a group supplying cannabis.
Myers was given a six-month custodial sentence for conspiracy and 12 months for the production of class B drugs, to run consecutively.
Following further investigation, Dean Cowell, aged 28 from Windermere Avenue, was arrested after a Misuse of Drugs Warrant was executed at his home when he was linked to the supply.
Rachel Shaw, aged 40 from Mendip Avenue, was later linked to the supply chain and was arrested in April at her home address.
Officers recovered cannabis in separate bags with a street value of £2,045 and a tin containing £1,745 in cash.
Cowell received a four-month custodial sentence, suspended for a year and 200 hours of community service for conspiracy to supply drugs.
Shaw received a 12-month custodial sentence suspended for two years for supplying drugs.
She has to adhere to a curfew for six months from 8pm-8am.
All four defendants also had antisocial behaviour orders granted against them, which bans them from using an unregistered mobile phone for five years.
Neighbourhood Inspector Sharon Bennett said: “This is a good result. We are determined to disrupt drug dealing in our town.
“Many people think that cannabis is less important than class A drugs. But they need to remember the wider impact.
“Often people will commit other crime in order to fund their drug habits.
“Drug dealing and consumption also brings with it related anti-social behaviour which impacts on neighbours and whole communities. No one wants drug crime on their back door step.”