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Droitwich drug-dealer jailed for four-and-a-half years after undercover operation in town pub

Tristan Harris 6th Sep, 2018 Updated: 6th Sep, 2018

A DROITWICH drug-dealer has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Richard Calder, aged 43, of Rebekah Gardens, was handed the sentence on Tuesday at Worcester Crown Court after changing his plea to guilty at the start of the trial.

Action will also be taken under the Proceeds of Crime Act to recover any property bought through his ill-gotten gains.

Calder was arrested on April 21 last year during a plain clothed operation by officers from the Droitwich Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) aimed at combating class A drug-dealing in the town.

He was held inside the Pillar of Salt pub on suspicion of possession with intent to supply after a search revealed he had 15 wraps of cocaine on him with a street value of £600, along with £620 in cash.

Investigations found evidence of drug-dealing on Calder’s mobile phone and, although he initially denied the offence, he was charged with the intent to supply cocaine on October 11.

Calder changed his plea at the start of the trial to guilty.

PC Bowditch from Droitwich SNT said: “This sentence demonstrates the potential consequences of dealing drugs and should be a warning to others thinking of doing the same.”

Anyone with any information on drug-dealing can report their concerns by calling police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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