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Drug dealer from Long Sutton who admitted having cannabis and cocaine with intent to supply following police raid is jailed for 30 months

A drug dealer from Long Sutton whose supply of cocaine and cannabis were uncovered during a police raid on his vehicle workshop has been jailed for 30 months.

Joshua Lake (25) of Daniels Crescent, Long Sutton, admitted possession of cocaine with intent to supply and possession of cannabis with intent to supply during a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court today (Thursday).

Lake also admitted to the conversion of criminal property relating to the sum of £390 in cash.

News from Lincoln Crown Court.
News from Lincoln Crown Court.

The raid took place when police targeted a vehicle workshop in Bridge Road, Long Sutton, in August 2017 having seen a stolen Audi A5 car parked outside.

Amy Earnshaw, prosecuting, said the Audi was stolen five months earlier in Essex, then cloned and fitted with false number plates.

Lake's older brother Nathan Lake, who ran the workshop, denied having known the vehicle was stolen and told police: "If I knew the car was stolen I wouldn't park it outside, would I."

Court news.
Court news.

Miss Earnshaw also said that officers then searched the premises and discovered seven cannabis plants together with 22gms of cocaine and £390 cash.

The Audi was also searched and two bags containing a total of 194gms of cannabis were found.

A mobile phone belonging to Joshua Lake was also seized and messages were found on it which showed he was involved in drug dealing.

Lincoln Crown Court. (6450572)
Lincoln Crown Court. (6450572)

Nathan Lake (28), also of Daniels Crescent, Long Sutton, admitted unlawful production of cannabis and a further charge of acquiring criminal property in relation to the stolen car.

He was given an 18-month community order, with a rehabilitation activity requirement of up to 20 days.

Court news.
Court news.

Lisa Hardy, for Joshua Lake, said her client had turned his life around since his arrest and is now clean of drugs.

Miss Hardy added that her client had previously suffered with mental health issues and been diagnosed with a heart condition related to his past drug use.

She said "He clearly has ongoing issues of a significant nature and I ask you to take an exceptional course by imposing a sentence that can be suspended."

John Morgans, mitigating for Nathan Lake, said that since his arrest, Lake had served a prison sentence for other matters and urged that he should not receive another one.

Lincoln Crown Court.
Lincoln Crown Court.


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