Drug dealers caught after turning up at supplier's home during police raid
10:45am Thursday 7th August 2014 in News
TWO drug dealers turned up at their supplier’s house when police were searching it during a raid.
Officers had gone to the home of illegal immigrant Richardo Benjamin where they found thousands of pounds worth of skunk cannabis as well as scales and lists of customers.
While they were there, Samuel Thiel, 26, texted to say he was on his way before pulling up outside in a car with pal George Durbin, 27, and more drugs in the vehicle.
Tessa Hingston, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court that officers raided 33-year-old Benjamin’s house on March 14 last year. Inside they found two sets of scales and cannabis with an estimated street value of up to £3,000, she said.
Ms Hingston said: “Mr Benjamin was the prime dealer. He in turn supplied quantities to Mr Thiel who was using friend George Durbin as his runner.”
Paul Trotman, for Benjamin, said his client had come to the UK from Grenada on a student visa four years ago, but he now no longer had permission to stay in the country.
Judge Tim Mousley QC jailed Benjamin for 16 months and imposed sentences of ten months on Thiel and six months for Durbin, both suspended for two years.
He ordered Thiel to observe a four-month night-time curfew and Durbin to do 200 hours of unpaid work.