Drug dealer jailed and his cash seized
POLICE who raided the flat of a drug dealer in Suffolk found more than 400 items of counterfeit clothing, perfume and jewellery, a court has heard.
Officers also discovered herbal cannabis and cannabis resin worth more than �5,500 on the premises as well as detailed diaries kept by Steven McNaughton of drug transactions over the previous two months totalling �7,000, Ipswich Crown Court was told.
McNaughton, of Hardy Court, Sudbury, admitted two offences of supplying drugs, two offences of possessing cannabis with intent to supply and five offences of possessing goods bearing unauthorised trademarks. He was jailed for a total of two years and a confiscation order was made for �1,673 cash seized from him by police.
Godfried Duah, prosecuting, said McNaughton had been jailed for five months in April 2008 for possessing drugs with intent to supply.
Police officers went to his flat in Sudbury armed with a search warrant in December last year and discovered a substantial amount of cannabis as well as 481 items of clothing, 54 bottles of perfume and five items of jewellery bearing false trademarks.
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Mr Duah said the loss to the trademark holders as a result of McNaughton’s activities was �38,000. A total of �1,673 cash was found on the defendant.
Joanne Eley, for McNaughton, said the defendant had been co-operative with the police and had shown them where items were in his flat.
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She said the police were only aware of his drug dealing over the previous two months because he had kept detailed records.
Miss Eley said McNaughton’s girlfriend was pregnant and he had borrowed money to buy the drugs and counterfeit goods because he wanted to get better accommodation for them.
She said McNaughton had never dealt in Class A drugs.
After the case, investigating officer Det Sgt Matt Little said: “By working together with Suffolk Trading Standards and responding to information received we were able to disrupt the supply of controlled drugs and counterfeit clothing.
“A warrant was executed and substantial amounts of cannabis and counterfeit clothing, tobacco, toiletries and jewellery were seized from a room in the property specially converted to store these items. It was clear the operation had been going on a number of weeks and was well organised.”