A drug dealer from Warminster has been jailed for over two and a half years by a court in Salisbury last Thursday after pleading guilty to supplying Class A drugs.

In November 2019, 23-year-old Niquan Benoit was stopped by police in Warminster and arrested for possession with intent to supply cocaine. A further search of his room at The Anchor in Warminster found more cocaine and a quantity of cash.

In March 2020, Benoit was arrested after being found with a large amount of cash. A search of his home found more cash and evidence of supplying cocaine.

Finally, in September 2020, a search warrant was executed at a house in the Maltings in Warminster where Benoit was found with a large amount of cocaine and cash.

On each occasion he was arrested, a number of messages were found on mobile phones owned by Benoit relating to the sale of cocaine in the Warminster area.

Last week at Salisbury Crown Court (07/10), Benoit was jailed for two years and eight months after admitting to three counts of supplying Class A Drugs.

DC Tony Swift from Wiltshire Police’s Operation Fortitude team welcomed the sentence: “Niquan Benoit is a known drug dealer in the Warminster area whose actions have not only caused misery for vulnerable addicts but also for people who get caught up in the associated anti-social behaviour and violence.

“To get Benoit off the streets is a huge positive for the area and just shows that Operation Fortitude continues to disrupt criminal behaviour and make Wiltshire’s streets safer.”