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A drug dealer threw a heroin wrap from an eighth-floor window in a bid to foil police as they stormed a Wolverhampton flat – but the bundle fell at the feet of an officer monitoring the raid from below!
Police executed a warrant at the property in Heath Town’s Hampton View, Woden Road, last June in response to local concerns it was being used as a drugs den.
Having forced open the front door officers saw Kieron Brown (pictured) – known locally as ‘Yankee’ – dash into a bedroom in a bid to discard a heroin wrap through an open window.
However, Brown hadn’t banked on police surrounding the tower block on the ground and the cling-film parcel – with a street value of almost £300 – landed next to a grateful officer.
The 25-year-old, from Audlem Walk in Park Village, initially refused to answer any questions about the drugs or why a broken mirror was lying on a dining table alongside a set of digital scales.
But he was charged with drugs possession with intent to supply and after admitting the offence was jailed at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Thursday (July 24) for 23 months.
PC James Lawless from Wolverhampton Police’s Offender Management team, said: “Brown was hoping to distance himself from the drugs but he came close to throwing the heroin wrap right into the hands of a waiting officer!
“Whenever we carry out warrants like this the target property is assessed and locked down to prevent suspects trying to get rid of evidence – as Brown found to his cost.
“The flat was set up for weighing and supplying drugs: there was almost £600 in cash found in the flat that’s believed to have been drug profits and, ironically, a plastic Health Lottery card was being used to cut the drugs on the mirror.”
Forensics tests on the recovered digital scales showed traces of cocaine whilst a bag of herbal cannabis was also found in the flat.
Brown suggested he was minding the flat for an unnamed person when police raided it on 7 June but the judge rejected the claim.
Anyone who suspects drug dealing in their neighbourhood can contact West Midlands Police on the 101 number or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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