Barrow man jailed six years for supplying heroin



A Barrow drug dealer has been jailed for six years for a third-strike Class A drug supply offence.

 
Lee Andrew James O’Connell, aged 39, of School Street, Barrow, was sentenced today (24th May) at Preston Crown Court for possession with intent to supply heroin.
 
Officers form the South Cumbria Drug Squad executed a warrant at O’Connell’s home address on 10th August 2017. As officers entered the property O’Connell attempted to discard of drugs in his possession but officers were quick to retain the evidence. Heroin later valued at £12,550 was seized as well as scales that are believed to have been used to prepare street deals.
 
A spokesperson for the South Cumbria Drugs Squad said:
 
“Today’s sentencing is another example of how robustly police and courts deal with those who look to supply drugs within the local community.  
 
“O’Connell has been jailed for a third-strike drug supply offence which indicates his attitude towards committing this form of organised crime.
 
“We hope this sends a message to other persons who believe they can supply drugs freely. We will continue to do are upmost to bring further offenders before the courts.
 
“One of the main priorities for this unit is to pursue and apprehend criminal gangs that cause harm to our community. It is vitally important that the community share information with the police about activity in their area. This information may seem insignificant to the public but could be a substantial piece of the jigsaw for the police.  I encourage you to share your information with us.  There are a number of ways in which you can report suspicious or suspected drug activity.”
 
Anyone with information on the supply of drugs is asked to contact police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. You can also speak directly to a police officer or PCSO as well attending your nearest front counter police station.
 
For more information on how Cumbria Constabulary clean up communities by tackling drug supply please visit: www.cumbria.police.uk/Advice-Centre/Personal-Safety/Campaigns/Cleaning-up-communities.aspx.    
 
For further information on drugs please visit www.talktofrank.com.


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