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"Forgetful" drug dealer jailed

A 25-year-old who supplied drugs in Rugeley and admitted to forgetting where he had buried £6,000 worth of cocaine has been jailed.

Darren Reed boasted in a WhatsApp message to a friend he had made ‘an easy fifty grand’ but when asked why he was broke admitted ‘Told you what I did I buried 6000 worth and couldn’t find it.’ 

He also said he had gambled away money he’d made selling cocaine. 

Reed was jailed for 3 years 8 months yesterday (April 4) at Stafford Crown Court after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine at an earlier hearing. 

Judge Jonathan Salmon told Reed: "You had run a substantial operation to supply cocaine in the Rugeley area.” 

The court heard that Reed was driving his black Audi A3 in Lion Street, Rugeley, at lunchtime on 19 May 2017 when he was stopped by officers. 

Cocaine was found in grip seal bags in the centre console of the car and Reed was also found to be in possession of three mobile phones. 

On examination the phones were found to contain numerous messages and images relating to the dealing of cocaine. 

A subsequent search of Reed’s home, in nearby Lion Street, was conducted where officers found a ‘drug preparation area’ on a coffee table with 9.49 grams of cocaine, 22.3 grams of a cocaine cutting agent (boric acid) and a small amount of herbal cannabis. 

Digital scales, grip sealed bags, a spoon and ID card with Reed’s name on it, both bearing traces of cocaine on them were also found. 

Detective Constable Ian McDonack, of Staffordshire Police Major and Organised Crime, said: “Reed was arrogant enough to boast about his dealing and careless enough to lose thousands of pounds worth of cocaine when he buried it and forgot where." 

“We’re glad he’s off the streets and can no longer deal in misery.” 

DC McDonack added: “Reed was found to be using boric acid to cut with his cocaine in order to maximize his profits, with no regards to the health of those he was selling it to. Boric acid is extremely toxic and normally used in the production of insecticide and other manufacturing processes." 

Anyone who suspects drug supply in their area is encouraged to report it to police on 101 or by contacting independent crime-fighting charity CrimeStoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online report form at www.crimestoppers.org

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