Dealers get total of six years as police swoop in Chippenham and Melksham

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DRUG dealer O’Shane Finlayson has today been sentenced to four years imprisonment following an investigation by Wiltshire Police’s Dedicated Crime Team.

The 24-year-old, pictured right, is the third member of a gang to be sentenced following an investigation by DCT which began on 20 November 2014 when officers stop checked Sean Penny, aged 26, of Sangster Avenue, Melksham on The Causeway in Chippenham.

He was found in possession of nearly 100 individual packages of crack cocaine and heroin, plus a mobile phone and was arrested and bailed later that day to allow for further enquiries to take place.

The following day, the same officers from DCT were on patrol in the Coronation Road area of Melksham when they stop checked Serena Maidment, aged 42, from Melksham and found evidence of drug dealing on her mobile phone. She was arrested, and her home in Coronation Road was searched. Penny, pictured left, and Finlayson were found inside – Penny had just under 50 packages of crack cocaine and heroin concealed in his rectum, while Finlayson was found hiding behind a shed in the back garden with a mobile phone concealed a short distance from him.

When investigations were carried out on the mobile phones, evidence was found which showed that all three people had been engaged in dealing drugs for several weeks, with Finlayson controlling operations and giving directions to Penny and Maidment.

All three were charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs (heroin and crack cocaine). Penny and Maidment pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, while Finlayson pleaded not guilty but changed his plea to guilty prior to the commencement of a trial.

Penny was sentenced at an earlier date to 22 months imprisonment, while Maidment was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

Finlayson was today sentenced at Swindon Crown Court to four years imprisonment.

PC David Hambly, of the Dedicated Crime Team, said: “Dangerous Drug Networks (DDNs) who travel into our county from large metropolitan cities frequently bring with them knives and other weapons, and use violence and threats in order to sell class A drugs and protect their business interests from competing networks.

“They take over the homes of drug users who are vulnerable by the nature of their addictions, and use them as a base from which to deal their drugs. Wiltshire Police will not accept this behaviour. We are committed to tackling the threat and harm posed to our county by members of these networks and will use all legislation available to us to bring offenders to justice.

“If you are aware of a DDN and/or drug activity in your area, please call 101 immediately.”

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