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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Drugs crackdown sees £21k of heroin seized from Barrow dealers

DRUG squad officers have taken heroin worth nearly £21,000 off the streets in the last eight weeks as they continue their war on drugs.

Detective Constable Jamie Eaton said they would continue to crack down on dealers with those caught being locked up for several years.

He said he hoped recent sentences for local dealers would send out a strong message to criminals.

Last week several dealers were jailed in connection with the massive haul which has seen thousands of pounds worth of drugs removed from circulation.

Last Friday at Barrow Crown Court, two dealers were jailed for a total of five years.

Andrew Hall, 39, from Anson Street, Barrow, received three years for possession with intent to supply heroin.

Kerry Wilkinson, also known as Carswell, 34, also from Anson Street, Barrow, received two years for possession with intent to supply heroin.

The court heard how police saw Wilkinson dealing drugs for money in Duke Street, Barrow. She was arrested and her home was searched. On arrival, Hall was looking out of a window and started acting suspiciously in front of officers. They searched him and found 10 wraps of heroin in his bottom.

Also last week, 39-year-old Ronnie Hill, from Gateway, Barrow,was jailed for two years for being concerned in the supply of Class A controlled drugs.

Hill supplied heroin between February 8 and April 8, 2014 in Barrow.

During the intelligence-led investigation, officers searched buildings which Hill was known to use and a total of £8,000 worth of heroin was found.

DC Eaton, of Barrow drug squad said: “Work is constantly ongoing in South Cumbria to tackle drug issues.

“The last few weeks have seen a number of people being brought before the courts and punished for their involvement in drug crime.

“We hope that this sends a strong message to all those involved in criminal activity relating to drugs, and also to the community.

“South Cumbria continues to be targeted by individuals from the North West region involved in the supply of heroin.

“Monies which are the proceeds of these activities are transported back to individuals further up the supply chain.

“We will find out who is involved and bring them to justice.”

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