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Nottingham drug dealer used Ripley home for cuckooing operation

A Nottingham drug dealer has been jailed for more than four years after officers found him with cocaine and heroin at a flat in Ripley.

After information was received by the Ripley Safer Neighbourhood Team that an address in Oxford Street was being used by drug dealers – also known as cuckooing – officers from Heanor and Belper joined those in Ripley to carry out a safe and well check at the flat on Saturday 30 December.

There they found Louis Fletcher who, after being searched, was found to have a substantial quantity of cash, a “burner” mobile phone, and more than 100 dealer-ready bags of heroin and cocaine.

Also at the flat officers found two vulnerable people who were being exploited by Fletcher – and were subsequently safeguarded by the team.

After his arrest officers then travelled to Fletcher’s house in Charlock Close, Nottingham, where they found cannabis and a knife – both of which were seized.

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The 21-year-old was charged with possession with intent to supply heroin, cocaine, and cannabis, and, after appearing at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on 1 January he was remanded to prison.

He then appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on 8 February where he pleaded guilty to all three offences and was handed four years and six months in prison. All the drugs and knife were also destroyed.

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