Coleford drug dealer jailed for over four years


A drug dealer from Coleford has been jailed for four years and three months after officers executed warrants at two addresses and discovered heroin and crack cocaine.

Matthew England, 46, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and one count of possession with intent to supply class C drugs after the warrants on 29 June and 29 September last year.

Gloucestershire Constabulary officers first raided an address where England was residing on St John Street in Coleford and discovered weighing scales, heroin, crack cocaine, cannabis and five bottles of liquid methadone.

England was released on bail while these offences were investigated but he failed to answer it.

On 29 September last year officers then attended England’s new address on Spout Lane in Coleford where he was found trying to hide pills.

The property was searched and £600 in cash was found along with 71 Diazepam tablets and Morphine tablets.

England also pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of drugs (three class A, one class B and one class C).

Police Constable Leanne Sterry, who investigated the case, said: “Following the successful execution of a warrant and during the ongoing investigation, police recovered drugs with a street value of around £2400.

“We were able to build a case to prove England’s involvement in the supply of class A drugs and we are pleased with this sentence as it sends out the message that drug dealing will not be tolerated in our communities.

“If you have any information concerning drugs please contact Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers.”

England, of Spout Lane in Coleford, was sentenced on Thursday 28 September by Recorder Grumbar at Gloucester Crown Court.