Drug supplier jailed for three years - Southampton

Wed 09th, Aug

Drug supplier jailed for three years - Southampton

A 29-year-old man has been jailed for three years following an investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU).

David Mann of Sark in the Channel Islands was jailed on Friday (4/8) after pleading guilty to one count of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class A; one count of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class B and one count of possession of class A drug at Portsmouth Crown Court.

On 2 December 2016 detectives from SEROCU investigating the supply of drugs in the South East stopped a silver Ford Mondeo on Havelock Road, Southampton, in which Mann was a passenger. Whilst speaking with Mann, detectives noticed a black plastic bag sticking out from the back of a rucksack being worn by him.

He was subjected to a search at which point he admitted to have a couple of kilos of cannabis within his rucksack. During the search a quantity of cocaine was also recovered.

A subsequent search of the vehicle identified a white carrier bag which contained a quantity of drugs.

In total over 120 wrapped packages of cannabis and over 850 MDMA tablets were recovered, as well as 13.8 grams of cocaine. The drugs would have had a potential street value in excess of £380,000.

Detective Constable Frank Cregan, from the Investigations team at SEROCU, said: “This was a significant stop which resulted in a significant amount of drugs being taken off the street.

“We know that David Mann was intending to travel back to the Channel Islands later that night where he would have then sold the drugs. This would have had a significant detrimental impact upon the community had he been successful.

“We will continue to work with and support those forces within the South East Region to target those involved in serious organised criminality.”

Mann received three years’ imprisonment for possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class A; eight months’ imprisonment for possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class B and eight months’ imprisonment for possession of class A drug, all to run concurrently.