Jail for six years for drug dealer

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Councilelections - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­stephenb

A HAP­LESS drug dealer who went on the run for nearly a year has been locked up for six years.

Fa­ther-of-four Jorge San­tos (26) sold heroin to un­der­cover po­lice of­fi­cers in Peter­bor­ough last year while on bail for an­other of­fence where po­lice had found £250 worth of Class A drugs in his house.

He was caught sell­ing drugs as part of Op­er­a­tion Steam - a ma­jor po­lice op­er­a­tion to rid city streets of drug deal­ers.

But af­ter be­ing re­leased on bail for a sec­ond time he went on the run, mov­ing to Great Yar­mouth and work­ing in a turkey fac­tory.

How­ever, he was ar­rested for drink driv­ing in March this year - and de­spite giv­ing po­lice a false name, his fin­ger­prints were matched with records from when he was ar­rested and he was re­manded in cus­tody.

Por­tuguese na­tional San­tos, who for­mally lived in Glad­stone Street but gave an ad­dress in Great Yar­mouth, pleaded guilty at Peter­bor­ough Crown Court yes­ter­day to two counts of pos­ses­sion of class A drugs with in­tent to sup­ply, and two counts of sup­ply­ing class A drugs.

Judge Nic Madge told him he was re­ceiv­ing a long jail term be­cause “Class A drugs wreck lives”.

Ch­eryl Wil­liams, prose­cut­ing, said: “On Fe­bru­ary 7, 2011 po­lice ex­e­cuted a drugs war­rant at San­tos’ ad­dress in Glad­stone Street.

“They found heroin and crack co­caine worth £250 on a wardrobe. He was ques­tioned and re­leased on bail.”

Miss Wil­liams said San­tos had claimed the drugs were his own - but anal­y­sis of the cling­film the drugs were wrapped in, and a roll found in his house, proved he had wrapped the small pack­ages at his house.

Text mes­sages dis­cov­ered on his mo­bile phone also showed he had been ad­ver­tis­ing the drugs to oth­ers.

Miss Wil­liams said he had been caught sell­ing drugs later that year.

She said: “In April a test pur­chase of­fi­cer tak­ing part in Op­er­a­tion Steam was pro­vided with San­tos’ num­ber. He ar­ranged two meet­ings with San­tos, buy­ing two wraps of heroin for £10.”

Miss Wil­liams said San­tos was ar­rested again but re­leased on bail and then moved to Great Yar­mouth.

Jonathon Seely, de­fend­ing, said: “At the time of these of­fences, San­tos was of good char­ac­ter. He came to the UK to find work, but af­ter los­ing his job af­ter a month he fell into bad com­pany, and be­came ad­dicted to class A drugs.

“He has now ad­dressed his prob­lem and re­grets let­ting down his fam­ily.”

Sen­tenc­ing, Judge Madge said: “Sup­ply­ing Class A drugs is a se­ri­ous of­fence. It wrecks lives. The num­ber of cases in this court sug­gests it is a par­tic­u­larly preva­lent of­fence in Peter­bor­ough. I give you credit for your guilty pleas.”

Judge Madge said the sup­ply of­fences were ag­gra­vated as they were com­mit­ted on bail.

San­tos was given a three-year sen­tence for each of­fence of pos­ses­sion with in­tent to sup­ply, to be served con­cur­rently. He was also given three years for both sup­ply charges to be served con­cur­rent of each other but con­sec­u­tive to the pos­ses­sion charges.

Dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Steam, un­der­cover po­lice of­fi­cers bought class A drugs from deal­ers, and col­lected ev­i­dence to bring them to jus­tice.

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