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Nowhere to hide: police crackdown on drugs gangs as dealer is jailed
8:34am Tuesday 5th March 2013 in Latest
‘THERE’S nowhere to hide – we will find you’. That’s the message from police to drug dealers in Weymouth.
The warning comes after a Weymouth man was jailed for dealing drugs in the town.
Samuel Thomas Coxon, 21, was found in possession of more than £1,300 worth of drugs in a police raid on his Weymouth home.
Coxon was sentenced to 28 months in prison after admitting supplying cocaine and cannabis and possession of the two drugs with intent to supply.
Prosecutor Anita Gibson-Lee told Dorchester Crown Court that police executed a search warrant at Coxon’s address in Lanehouse Rocks Road on June 20 last year. She said: “The defendant immediately co-operated with the officers, showing them where drugs were in his bedroom.”
Miss Gibson-Lee said Coxon showed officers where he had stored 31 individual wraps of cannabis and 11 wraps of cocaine. Officers also seized a set of digital scales, a mixing bowl, a number of unused bags and £200 in cash.
Miss Gibson-Lee said Coxon made full admissions to police in interview, claiming he has been selling small deals of cocaine and cannabis for around six months.
Robert Pawson, mitigating, said Coxon had been supplying to a small number of friends and was a user of cannabis himself at the time.
He said his client had since come off the drug and the whole experience of being arrested and going before the courts had acted as a ‘huge wake up call’, adding that Coxon was ‘genuinely sorry’.
Judge Roger Jarvis told Coxon his behaviour since arrest reflected well on him but he still had to answer for very serious offences.
He said: “Even though you are a young man you must plainly know that the court is extremely anxious about the presence of drugs in society.
“It has a dreadful corrosive effect and those that deal in drugs all of you know that if you are caught, convicted or make an admission the court will take a serious view.
“You took a chance and I’m afraid it all went wrong for you.”
Police chief's message: 'We will find you'
He said: “There’s no place to hide – we will find you.”
He added: “I support Judge Jarvis’s views and comments in relation to the corrosive effect drugs have on society and their direct link and impact on crime.”
Inspector Fry encouraged the community to come forward with any information they had about the supply of drugs in the area.
Talking about the case, Inspector Fry said: “This is not a small thing, this affects the whole of the community.
“The whole community needs to work together to stand up against drug suppliers.
“Without suppliers we wouldn’t have drug users.”
Inspector Fry urged anyone with information to contact the police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.