Two men have been sentenced to a total of six years and six months imprisonment after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
Thomas Houston, aged 22, from Laverstock, was sentenced to two years and six months and Daniel Agostini-Brown, 21, from London, was sentenced to four years in prison when they appeared at Winchester Crown Court on Friday 26 January.
On 18 September 2017, Houston was stop checked by police along the river walk near Waitrose in Salisbury after he was seen to conduct a suspected drug deal.
Officers suspected he had something in his mouth – he subsequently spat out five wraps that were found to contain crack cocaine.
He was arrested, interviewed and released under investigation while further enquiries were carried out.
On 8 November 2017, Houston was located within a local drug users address in Exeter Street with Agostini-Brown.
Inside the address, officers discovered 39 wraps of crack cocaine and heroin as well as cutting and bagging materials. Agostini-Brown also had £1,335 in cash on him. It is believed he had travelled from London to Salisbury for the sole purpose of supplying class A drugs to local users.
Both were arrested, charged and remanded for drug supply offences.
PC Luke Barnett, of the Dedicated Crime Team, said: “Disrupting the supply of class A drugs in Salisbury continues to be a priority for us as once again we have seen an individual travelling into our county to take over a vulnerable drug user’s house using violence, intimidation and exploitation for the sole purposes of making money through selling drugs.
“Agostini-Brown was found to have pictures on his phone that he had sent out on social media boasting about how much money he had earned in Salisbury – these individuals do not use class A drugs themselves nor do they care about the harm they are causing to others.
“We will continue to target these individuals to ensure they are put before the courts and the most vulnerable people within our communities are protected.”
To report drug activity in your neighbourhood, please call 101.