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35 people sentenced for being involved in the supply of illegal drugs in Bristol

A total of 35 people involved in the supply of illegal drugs in Bristol have been sentenced to more than 70 years in prison following a successful police operation.

Over the past three days (Weds 13 – Fri 15 Nov), 31 people have been sentenced at Bristol Crown Court for drugs supply offences. Four people have previously been sentenced.

Operation Minimal was conducted between February and July with the aim of tackling the supply of class A drugs and reducing incidents of associated violence in the east Bristol area. More specifically, this operation focussed on targeting established drugs lines and those operating them.

The operation was launched in response to offences of violence and drugs supply in east Bristol communities. Intelligence also demonstrated that organised crime groups were operating in this area and offenders were using and exploiting vulnerable people, including children, to supply and store drugs and money.

Among those sentenced at Bristol Crown Court within the past few days were:

  • Norman Smith, 46, of Wade Street in Bristol, jailed for four years and given a five-year Criminal Behaviour Order on Wednesday after pleading guilty to three counts of being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and two counts of the supply of crack cocaine.
  • Irie Lewis, 23, of Rosebush Gardens in Bristol, jailed for five years and 219 days on Thursday after pleading guilty to two counts of the supply of crack cocaine and supply diamorphine.
  • Jamael Myers, 26, of Mountbel Road, Harrow, jailed for five years and three months on Friday after pleading guilty to four counts of supply of crack cocaine, and being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine.

Chief Inspector Paul Wigginton, Local Policing Commander – Bristol East, commented: “This is a really great set of results and removes a significant number of individuals responsible for the supply of illegal drugs off the streets of east Bristol.

“Drug dealing is a blight on the community and we take the supply of illegal drugs extremely seriously. This operation was initiated following community concerns about drug dealing in the area and the success is the result of months of hard work, dedicated officers and a coordinated effort working with Operation Remedy officers to catch and apprehend these criminals.

“We are continually working hard to remove drug dealers from our streets and I hope these sentences will reassure the local community and send a clear message to other criminals that drug dealing will not be tolerated in Avon and Somerset and we will continue to pursue those who decide to break the law.”