Hatfield drug dealer awaits sentencing

PUBLISHED: 13:40 04 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:09 04 April 2018

Danilson Santana
Picture: Herts Police

Danilson Santana Picture: Herts Police

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A young man is awaiting sentencing after being caught with a total of 166 wraps of crack cocaine, 38 wraps of heroin, cannabis and more than £1,000 in cash in Hatfield.

Drugs found on Danilson Santana.
Picture: Herts PoliceDrugs found on Danilson Santana. Picture: Herts Police

Danilson Santana, 21, is due to be sentenced later this month at St Albans Crown Court.

He admitted all six charges when he appeared at Hatfield Magistrates’ Court on March 29.

The charges were:

•Possession of 41 wraps of crack cocaine in The Common, Hatfield, with intent to supply on March 27.

Danilson Santana being arrested.
Picture: Herts PoliceDanilson Santana being arrested. Picture: Herts Police

•Possession of nine wraps of heroin in The Common, Hatfield, with intent to supply on March 27.

•Possession of criminal property namely, £1,215 in cash in The Common, Hatfield, on March 27.

•Possession of 12.5 grams of cocaine with intent to supply in Hatfield on November 10 last year.

•Possession of 2.93 grams of heroin with intent to supply in Hatfield on November 10 last year.

•Possession of a small bag of cannabis in Hatfield on November 10 last year.

Santana, of Bradwell Avenue, Dagenham, is due to be sentenced on April 27.

He was arrested by officers from Welwyn Hatfield’s Operation Scorpion Team on March 27 while they were out on routine patrol in The Common, Hatfield.

After searching the offender, officers found the cash and drugs, thought to be worth about £500, in his possession.

He was detained in custody the same day.

Three charges relate to offences last year.

Santana was arrested in Hatfield in connection with these offences by police officers from Welwyn Hatfield’s Safer Neighbourhood Team on November 10.

On that day, he was found to have about 125 wraps of crack cocaine, 29 wraps of heroin and a small amount of cannabis in his possession, in total worth around £1,350.

He was released under investigation in connection with these offences, pending further police enquiries.

Rob Burns is Welwyn Hatfield’s new Detective Inspector who leads the Local Crime Unit.

He said: “We are determined to put a stop to the possession, supply and use of drugs in Hatfield, some of which is being fuelled by offenders coming into Hatfield from London, as with this case.

“The arrest, charge and subsequent guilty plea of Danilson Santana is a really significant part of this and I look forward to the outcome of his sentencing.”

He added: “To help us in our fight against drug related crime, anyone who witnesses any suspicious behaviour is advised to contact police and report it via the non-emergency number 101 or 999 if you believe a crime is on-going.

“Any information provided, no matter how seemly insignificant, could be crucial to our investigations.”


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