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Newark drug dealer jailed at Nottingham Crown Court after cocaine found in Nottinghamshire Police raid on addresses in Mumby Close and Smith Street, Newark, in 2022

A drug dealer has been jailed after police found bags of cocaine at his home address.

Sam Blades, 33, was arrested after police carried out searches at addresses in Mumby Close and Smith Street, Newark, on July 13, 2022.

Inside the Smith Street address, they found a set of scales, deal bags, and a magnetic box containing three bags of cocaine.

Sam Blades mugshot. Photo: Nottinghamshire Police.
Sam Blades mugshot. Photo: Nottinghamshire Police.

Boxes of this nature are commonly used by drug dealers and other criminals who attach them to the underside of their vehicles.

Also uncovered was a mobile phone that was found to contain a series of messages relating to the illegal sale of drugs.

Blades initially told police that all the drugs found in his presence were for personal use only, but later pleaded guilty to supplying a Class A drug, possessing with intent to supply a Class A drug and possessing cannabis.

Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday, (July 2), Blades, of Mumby Close, Newark, was jailed for three years and was forced to forfeit nearly £1,500 in cash.

Sergeant Mike Taylor, said: “The trade in illegal drugs is often closely linked to other serious criminal offences and the exploitation of vulnerable people.

“That’s why we take this issue so seriously and also why we targeted Blades in this way.

“Despite his initial denials he was obviously involved in dealing drugs and I am pleased he has now been sentenced.”

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