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Notts drug dealer sentenced after two properties raided by officers

As officers searched a bedroom at this address they found a total of 65 individual small clear bags which contained 105g of heroin and 23.68g of cocaine along with a flick knife.

A drug dealer has appeared in court and thousands of pounds of drugs taken off the streets as a result of police successfully raiding two properties.

Nottinghamshire Police officers simultaneously executed two misuse of drug warrants at two separate addresses on 24 January 2019, at 9am.

Christian Franklin, of Bellmond Close, Newark, was found inside an address in Devon Road, Newark, after police obtained information that drugs were being supplied by him.

Officers also searched an address in Sydney Gardens, Newark belonging to a relative.

As officers searched a bedroom at this address they found a total of 65 individual small clear bags which contained 105g of heroin and 23.68g of cocaine along with a flick knife.

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Forensic analysis later found that the bag of heroin had an estimated street value of £5,570 if sold as 0.1g street deals and a further wrap of heroin found was estimated as having a street value of £4,420.

Officers also searched the address he was found at and discovered cannabis remnants from a plastic tub, a tin containing a wrap of cocaine, and two mobile phones in the kitchen.

And after searching the master bedroom officers found a total of £3,570 hidden away in a bag, jacket, wallet, and a pair of tracksuit trousers.

Scales, a sim card containing messages relating to the supply of crack cocaine, and an iPhone were also found in the bedroom.

As investigations continued at the address Franklin was discovered at, police found a further mobile phone on a table in the living room and on closer inspection discovered it contained messaged relating to the supply of controlled drugs.

A further search of the kitchen was then conducted and officers found 17 bottles of methadone not in Franklin’s name and hidden away in a bread bin with just a 100ml bottle having a street value of £120 to £180.

Franklin, who was interviewed later that day, initially denied being involved in supplying drugs but later changed his mind admitting that the selection of drugs found at both houses was his apart from one bag of cocaine.

He also claimed during his police interview that the bags found at his relative’s address were in fact to be used to collect coins and said the other occupants of both addresses had nothing to do with the drugs found.

Franklin also claimed the methadone found hidden inside a bread bin was for him to drink.

The 40-year-old later claimed during interview that he had been using drugs for 10 years and that he would hold onto the drugs and cash for someone else daily before giving them back to help fund his own drug habit.

Franklin pleaded guilty to possession to supply class A heroin, cocaine and methadone and also pleaded guilty to acquiring, using or possessing criminal property.

He was sentenced to two years in prison suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 25 rehabilitation requirement days after appearing at Nottingham Crown Court last Friday, 27 August 2021.

Constable Sarah Murdoch, of Nottinghamshire Police said: “This sentence sends out a clear message to those who want to sell drugs that we will not tolerate it and we will take action.

“Whilst possessing and supplying is a crime itself, this can very often be linked to wider and organised criminality. This is why we are committed to tackling such issues and bringing those to justice who we find in possession of cannabis, cocaine, or any other illegal substance.

“I’d encourage anyone who sees anything suspicious in their area to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or in an emergency, dial 999.

“Local residents and communities really are our eyes and ears and we will always listen and take reports of crime seriously.”

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