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Drug dealer prepared £17,000 worth of drugs in his KITCHEN

Gareth Lucas from Chelmsley Wood was jailed for more than three years

Drug dealer Gareth Lucas who has been jailed

A DRUG dealer from Chelmsley Wood has been jailed for more than three years after police discovered he had turned his kitchen into a £17,000 heroin and cocaine-cutting den.

Officers stormed Gareth Lucas’ flat in Heathmere Drive, Chelmsley Wood, on the morning of March 15 in response to concerns raised by local residents.

Having smashed open the front door they found him with four ounces of heroin alongside weighing scales, a knife and small plastic ‘dealer bags.’

During a search of the 23-year-old’s home, officers also found crack cocaine with a street value of around £6,000.

Overall the drugs seized, which were prepared in his kitchen for sale, totalled £17,000 worth.

Lucas claimed to be merely ‘minding’ the drugs for another man − a person he refused to name − but at Birmingham Crown Court last week he was jailed for three years and four months, having admitted possessing drugs with intent to supply.

Detective Inspector Darren Lee, from Solihull Police, said: “Our officers forced entry to the house and were inside in a second. Lucas was caught red-handed and there was no time for him to make any attempt to try and dispose of the drugs.

“Lucas has a conviction for drug dealing in 2013 and community intelligence suggested he’d not learned his lesson from that and was dealing again.

“Quite rightly people didn’t want to put up with drug dealing on their doorsteps and the associated crime it attracts. They confided in us and we’ve taken action by shutting down Lucas’ crack house and putting him back behind bars.

“If anyone has suspicions about drug dealing or any other criminality in their neighbourhood − perhaps someone who appears to be living well beyond their means − then I’d ask them to do the same and report those concerns so we can investigate.”

West Midlands Police can be contacted on the 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

 

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