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Drug dealer jailed after rucksack of cocaine intercepted

A drug dealer has been jailed after police caught him delivering a rucksack containing cocaine to a property.

Declan Russell was seen dropping off the bag on a motorcycle to an address in Bellville Drive, Bestwood, Nottingham.

Officers were at the address to arrest another suspect on unrelated matters and initially detained Russell for traffic offences relating to the bike at around 3pm on 10 August 2023.

They searched him and found 15 wraps of heroin in his clothing.

The rucksack had been taken inside the property and was found to contain large rocks of cocaine in plastic bags, cash, weighing scales, dealer bags and other equipment associated with drug dealing.

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They also found a mobile phone which contained messages about drug dealing.

Russell, aged 23, of Mill Croft, Sutton-in-Ashfield, was jailed for two-and-a-half years when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on Friday (29 September).

He had pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply heroin and possession with intent to supply cocaine at an earlier hearing.

Police Constable Jordaine McLaughlin, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:

“This is another good example of why we carry out searches when we spot suspicious behaviour.

“Russell was caught red-handed with drugs and his ill-gotten cash in his pockets and a rucksack.

“It is always good news when we can put a drug dealer behind bars and take drugs off the streets.

“Criminals like Russell bring misery and suffering to our communities and vulnerable people. I’d like to reassure them we will not let up our efforts as a force to bring these sort of individuals to justice for their crimes. 

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“Everyone has a part to play in fighting drug crime and I would encourage anyone with suspicions of drug dealing to call us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”

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