Thursday 22 February 2024
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Nottingham drug dealer jailed after being seen carrying out deals in the city

A Nottingham drug dealer was caught when plain-clothed officers witnessed him carry out a drug deal.

Two officers on patrol had followed two men acting suspiciously in Bottle Lane in the city centre and saw Dale Disney hand over a small package before smelling a strong smell of cannabis.

The 30-year-old, of Roman Drive in Basford, then ran straight in to the officers and tried to resist them detaining him.

He was eventually arrested and officers found a quantity of cash, cocaine and cannabis, scales and a mobile phone on him.

Disney was released under investigation following this incident at around 12.50pm on 13 January.

However Disney later landed himself in further trouble when officers visited his house over a month later to warn him that he was required to attend a voluntary interview – only for him to boast he had cannabis in his possession – which then gave grounds for officers to search his house.

They found cash, weighing scales and cocaine during this search on 23 February and Disney was arrested once again.

Officers had initially made the visit progress the investigation after drug testing and phone forensic work from the previous enquiry evidenced drug dealing activity. Information then came to light from colleagues at Nottinghamshire’s criminal investigation department who had received the phone download back from another incident on 8 November 2020.

This linked Disney to a phone they had seized in relation to an incident where plain-clothed officers had become suspicious of a man while they were patrolling the Hucknall Road area of Arnold.

They had pulled up in an unmarked police car alongside Disney after believing he was driving a car erratically at around 8.20pm.

They asked him to pull over so that his driving manner could be discussed but he swore at them and made threats.

After pulling over, the two officers got a very strong smell of cannabis coming from both him and his vehicle.

They produced a warrant card but Disney shouted and ran away, dropping his mobile phone in the process. Officers found 36 individually wrapped bags of cannabis and a cannabis cigarette in the car ashtray.

Disney was subsequently arrested, charged and remanded in custody.

He pleaded guilty to five counts of possession with intent to supply class B drugs, one count of supplying class B drugs, one count of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, one count of possessing class A drugs, possession of criminal property and driving without insurance and while disqualified. He was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday 29 April to three years and four months in prison.

Police Constable Malachi Keane said: “Disney was clearly a prolific drug dealer who would go to any lengths to supply cannabis and cocaine in the local community.

“He held no regard for the law and was quite happy to flaunt his criminal activities in public and even right under the nose of officers.

“We’re glad that this investigation has led to a large amount of cannabis, cocaine and cash being taken off the streets and that another drug dealer has been taken out of the supply chain.

“The money will now be subject to a proceeds of crime investigation.”