Friday, 23 December 2011

Drug dealer jailed for seven years

Benjamin Mcleod, A drug dealer who was snared by an undercover police operation has been jailed for seven years.

Benjamin Mcleod, aged 25, of no fixed abode, Nottingham, was found guilty of supplying the Class A drug to an undercover police officer in October 2010.

He was sentenced yesterday, 22 December 2011, following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

Mcleod was caught just two months in to Operation Chit Chat, which was launched by the Force in August 2010 to tackle the production and supply of drugs in the Stapleford, Beeston, Lenton and Radford areas of the city.

During the operation an undercover police officer was directed to a street where he met Mcleod who sold the officer a small quantity of heroin.

The Force uses a wide range of tactics and operations in the city and across the county to combat drug offenders, who are often linked to other criminality.

To date, 73 people have been arrested and charged with 218 offences as part of Operation Chit Chat. A total of 81 warrants have been carried out and various drugs seized, with an estimated street value of almost £30,000.

Over £20,000 cash has also been seized as part of the operation.

Detective Constable Kayne Rukas, a detective in the Operation Chit Chat team, said: “Illegal drug supply fuels drug misuse which often leads people to become involved in other types of crime such as theft and burglary in order to continue to feed their habits. It’s a vicious circle which has to be stopped.

“The aim of Operation Chit Chat is to utilise undercover tactics to catch offenders in the act. McLeod is the latest dealer to be taken off the streets in what has been an incredibly successful operation.”