Bulwell crack dealer is jailed for seven years

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A Bulwell gang member has been jailed for seven years for dealing in heroin and crack cocaine.

Adam Swanwick, 24, of Lathkill Close, was one of 15 members convicted and jailed at Nottingham Crown Court this week.

A police operation began with test purchase operations in the St Ann’s area of the city between September 2014 and January 2015.

Further enquiries uncovered three illicit businesses dealing in heroin and crack cocaine, which were conducted almost exclusively over the phone.

Fifteen men were charged and convicted of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Many admitted the charges, but four, including Swanwick, were found guilty following a trial.

The sentences ranged from 11 years to 30 months.

Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pearson said: “Drugs lines are a business. They are the new territory, which are being bought and sold between individuals. They also cause disputes, as traditionally there has been over the conventional physical territories.

“We all know the health dangers of illegal drug use but there is a much wider impact on the community and society as a whole that is not always recognised.

“Drug use can lead to subsequent crimes in order to sustain the habit. Drug dealing more often than not has roots in organised crime, which can involve human trafficking, sexual exploitation and violent crime. With that in mind the significance of these recent convictions should not be underestimated.

“These jail terms mean those involved in the three lines have now had to hang up the phone.

“No more drug dealing and no more subjecting our communities to their violent crimes.

“And these convictions do not mark an end to our investigations into this type of criminality. Certainly, if we identify numbers of those trying to buy drugs on phone lines of this type don’t be surprised if you also find a police officer at your door.”