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Dealer hid grand’s worth of crack and heroin up his backside

Friday 1 August 2014

A Wolverhampton drug dealer who was found with almost a thousand pounds worth of crack and heroin has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.
 
Lewis Osborne managed to swiftly secrete the 81 wraps on his person when police stopped the car he was travelling in on Belton Avenue last month.
 
They’d been looking for the Vauxhall Zafira after it was spotted acting suspiciously near an industrial estate just half an hour earlier on 5 June.
 
What’s more – police knew Osborne was in it because he’d text them details of the vehicle that very morning, as part of his licence conditions for a separate matter.
 
With all the reasonable grounds needed to suspect an offence, officers pulled over the car and found a small amount of cannabis in a shoulder bag on the passenger seat.
 
Osborne was arrested straight away and, because he’d been seen awkwardly fidgeting in the moments before the Zafira was stopped, police were pretty confident they’d find more.
 
Their suspicions were proved correct during a strip search at the station when a mysterious package was spotted and the 21-year-old was taken to hospital where the haul of Class A drugs was recovered from his bottom.
 
Police had already been on to Osborne before his arrest after he was stopped by offender managers a month earlier, who’d caught him discarding ‘bash’ – an adulterant used by dealers to cut heroin in order to maximise profits.
 
That encounter led officers several addresses connected to him in Wednesfield, including one where they found even more of the mixing agent, along with a set of digital scales.
 
West Midlands Police Drugs Expert Witness DC Vince Jones examined the substance and estimated it to have a street value of around £10,000 when sold as heroin.
 
This evidence – along with phone records which showed the exchange of thousands of calls and text messages – was used by the prosecution as part of the case.
 
They argued that it showed Osborne’s significant involvement in the supply of drugs in the Wednesfield area of Wolverhampton.
 
At Wolverhampton Crown Court on Wednesday (30 July) he was jailed for three years and six months after admitting possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
 
Offender Manager, PC James Lawless, said: “Osborne had the audacity, whilst on licence for a separate criminal offence and knowing police were keeping a close eye on him, to peddle Class A drugs on the streets of Wolverhampton.
 
“This attempt to breach his licence conditions and blatantly flout the law has backfired spectacularly and he’s now back in prison serving another lengthy stretch. I hope this sends out a clear message to other dealers in the city that we’re constantly on to them.
 
“The other warning here is that it doesn’t matter how clever these drug dealers think they are in hiding their stash of illegal substances, we will always find them – with medical assistance if necessary.
 
“Finally I want the community to know how seriously we take the distribution of illegal drugs – they ruin lives and shatter communities – and there’s no place for them in Wolverhampton. If anyone has any information about drug dealing I would urge them to call police or Crimestoppers so we can take action.”