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Man, 61, dies after taking a ‘quantity of Black Mamba’, dealer sentenced

A 31-year-old has been sentenced for supplying drugs after a man died.

Nicholas Bamford was arrested following the sudden death of Radford man Graham Evans.

A post mortem found the toxic effect of Black Mamba led to the 61-year-old suffering a cardiac arrest inside a flat in Bentinck Road, Hyson Green, on 18 June 2020.

He died at Nottingham City Hospital four days later.

Witnesses told police Bamford had supplied the psychoactive drug to Mr Evans as a free sample, telling him it was “a lot better than weed”.

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It was claimed Mr Evans then went inside the flat to drink cider with two friends and collapsed shortly after taking the quantity of Mamba.

Bamford denied any involvement in Mr Evans’ death but was charged with supplying a class B drug after being arrested and questioned by detectives.

The case was heading to trial until Mr Evans pleaded guilty to the charge at Nottingham Crown Court on 27 May this year.

Sentencing was held on Friday (8 July) and Bamford was given a two-year community order for supplying a class B drug. He must also complete a drug rehabilitation programme.

Following the sentencing, Detective Constable Helen Pannell, who led the investigation, said: “This case is a tragic reminder that people who take recreational drugs are putting their lives at risk.

“Psychoactive substances such as Black Mamba are incredibly dangerous and that is why Nottinghamshire Police will always thoroughly investigate cases such as this and put dealers before the courts.

“Drugs are a poison on our communities and I hope this case sends a very clear message to other dealers that you will eventually come to our attention and when you do we will take robust action against you.”

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