Dealer faces prison after third offence

This Is Wiltshire: Swindon court Swindon court

A DRUG dealer caught selling heroin and crack cocaine on the streets of Swindon for the third time is facing a lengthy jail term.

Darren Walcott was jailed for five and a half years in 2010 after he was caught with more than a kilogram of heroin worth about £60,000.

And he had 20 months added to it after he got another person to do his community service for him for another matter.

Now the 34-year-old is back behind bars awaiting sentence after being caught dealing class A drugs in a large police operation.

Walcott admitted three counts of supplying heroin and one of crack cocaine on two days in October.

He was arrested earlier this year after police issued an appeal following the day of arrests in Operation Harness in January.

Walcott, of no fixed address admitted supplying drugs on three occasions on Wednesday October 23 and once the following day.

As well as his conviction in 2010 he was jailed for 44 months in 2003 for possessing crack cocaine with intent to supply.

That means he stands to receive a mandatory seven-year jail term, unless a judge thinks it unjust, with a maximum 20 per cent discount for pleading guilty.

Judge Douglas Field adjourned the case to Friday, June 20 and remanded him in custody until then.

Hesaid: “He is clearly at risk of a lengthy prison sentence so I will order a pre-sentence report.”

In his last case Walcott was arrested in August 2009 in a car with eight wraps of heroin, two other quantities of the drug, and £11,919 in cash.

A month later officers searched another car parked outside a flat he had been using in Groundwell Road and found a further 996.8 grams of the drug.In total the two quantities of heroin had a street value of about £60,480.

He was also found to have been paying a friend in London to do his community service which had been imposed for other matters.

A year later he was ordered to sell a Porsche and hand over the cash under the Proceeds of Crime Act, even though he said the car was stolen.

Judge Douglas Field found he benefited from drug dealing to the tune of £30,560.25, but ruled he only had £26,145 to hand over.

The lower sum is made up of the cash, the value of the 54-reg Porsche Cayenne S Tiptronic and a Rolex watch.

Walcott claimed the car had been stolen from a car park in South Wales but a judge rejected that after police there said they had received a call from a Swindon address to report the vehicle missing.

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