Crowland drug dealer jailed for three years

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A drug dealer from Crowland was jailed for three years after he was caught smuggling heroin by police.

Darren Driscoll (35), of Church Lane, was stopped in King’s Lynn during a day of roadside checks by police and other agencies – after the vehicle he was travelling in flagged up on the force’s database.

He was pulled over by officers at Saddlebow and police found heroin worth an estimated £1,000 on him.

Driscoll appeared at Norwich Crown Court for sentencing last Monday, having previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.

He was sentenced by Judge Alisdair Darroch to three years in prison and a Confiscation Order was made for the £420 cash found on him. The drugs were to be destroyed.

During the day of action on April 21, more than 160 vehicles were stopped and checked in Norfolk using Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology.

Named Operation Utah, police worked with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), DVLA, UK Border Agency and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), to stop suspicious vehicles and identify any offences.

Driscoll’s was one of 31 vehicles seized and was one of 13 people arrested, along with other offences dealt with by HMRC and Environment Agency officials.

DS Warren Witt, of the King’s Lynn CID Tactical Unit, said: “The case highlights the importance of ANPR technology and roadside checks to disrupt criminals using our road networks.

“It’s one of a number of tactics we use to identify and take action against people supplying drugs both within the county and across county borders.

“The sentence reflects how seriously drug dealing is taken and the impact the crime has on the wider community.”