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Newark man to complete rehabilitation days after class A drugs and thousands of pounds discovered during two drug raids

A Newark man will complete rehabilitation days after heroin, methadone, cocaine, a flick knife and thousands of pounds in cash were discovered during two drug raids.

Christian Franklin, of Bellmond Close, avoided a prison sentence when he appeared for sentencing at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday last week.

Nottinghamshire Police officers simultaneously executed two misuse of drug warrants at two separate addresses on January 24, 2019.

Police execute a drugs warrant in Newark. (45330309)
Police execute a drugs warrant in Newark. (45330309)

Franklin was found inside an address on Devon Road, Newark, after police obtained information that drugs were being supplied by him.

Officers also searched an address belonging to a relative in Sydney Gardens.

As officers searched a bedroom at this address they found a total of 65 individual small clear bags containing 105g of heroin and 23.68g of cocaine, along with a flick knife.

Nottingham Crown Court. (26069545)
Nottingham Crown Court. (26069545)

Forensic analysis later found the bag of heroin had an estimated street value of £5,570 if sold as 0.1g street deals while a further wrap of heroin found was estimated as having a street value of £4,420.

Officers also searched the address he was found at and discovered cannabis remnants from a plastic tub, a tin containing a wrap of cocaine, and two mobile phones in the kitchen.

And, after searching the master bedroom, officers discovered a total of £3,570 hidden away in a bag, jacket, wallet, and a pair of tracksuit trousers.

Scales, a sim card containing messages relating to the supply of crack cocaine, and an iPhone were also found in the bedroom.

As investigations continued at the address Franklin was discovered at, police found a further mobile phone on a table in the living room and on closer inspection discovered it contained messages relating to the supply of controlled drugs.

A further search of the kitchen found 17 bottles of methadone not in Franklin’s name and hidden away in a bread bin, with a 100ml bottle having a street value of £120 to £180.

Franklin, who was interviewed later that day, initially denied being involved in supplying drugs but later changed his mind and admitted the selection of drugs found at both houses was his — apart from one bag of cocaine.

He also claimed the bags found at his relative’s address were used to collect coins and said the other occupants of both addresses had nothing to do with the drugs found.

Franklin further claimed the methadone found hidden inside a bread bin was for him to drink.

The 40-year-old later said during interview that he had been using drugs for ten years and that he would hold onto the drugs and cash for someone else daily, before giving them back to help fund his own drug habit.

Franklin pleaded guilty to possession to supply class A heroin, cocaine and methadone and also pleaded guilty to acquiring, using or possessing criminal property.

He was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 25 rehabilitation requirement days.

Constable Sarah Murdoch, of Nottinghamshire Police said: “This sentence sends out a clear message to those who want to sell drugs that we will not tolerate it and we will take action.

“Whilst possessing and supplying is a crime itself, this can very often be linked to wider and organised criminality. This is why we are committed to tackling such issues and bringing those to justice who we find in possession of cannabis, cocaine, or any other illegal substance.

“I’d encourage anyone who sees anything suspicious in their area to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or in an emergency, dial 999.

“Local residents and communities really are our eyes and ears and we will always listen and take reports of crime seriously.”

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