Drug dealer jailed

PUBLISHED: 16:00 07 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:21 26 October 2009

Jailed: Andre Williams

Jailed: Andre Williams

A DRUG dealer was labelled an 'idle young man' by a judge. Judge John Plumstead made the remarks at St Albans Crown Court as he jailed Andre Williams, who had been caught with £700 of heroin and crack in a secret compartment in his silver Audi car.

A DRUG dealer was labelled an "idle young man" by a judge.

Judge John Plumstead made the remarks at St Albans Crown Court as he jailed Andre Williams, who had been caught with £700 of heroin and crack in a secret compartment in his silver Audi car.

The 25-year-old had denied two offences of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply, but was convicted by a jury at an earlier hearing.

Claire Howell, prosecuting at St Albans Crown Court, said on September 29, 2006, Williams of Nelson Road, Chingford, drove to Hatfield with two other men to supply drugs to local dealers.

That afternoon police officers were in a flat in Galleycroft Court on a drug raid when Williams and two others arrived at the front door.

Two mobile phones and set of car keys were found on Williams.

Specially trained sniffer-dog searched the car and discovered the "secret compartment" underneath the steering wheel.

Inside was a plastic bag containing 21 wraps of crack cocaine and 5.1 grams of heroin.

Miss Howell said the wraps were "street deals" and on one of them, Williams' thumbprint was discovered.

Back at the defendant's home in Nelson Road, Chingford, officers searched his bedroom and found a number of pieces of plastic, some of which contained small amounts of heroin and cocaine.

And Miss Howell said an examination of records for one his mobile phones showed that in the days leading up to his visit to Hatfield, he had contacted a number of people in the town who had convictions for supplying and possessing class A drugs.

She told the court: "He was fully involved in commercial drug dealing. He knew what was going on."

Defence barrister Matthew Buckland said Williams was "devoted to his young daughter" and was supported by his close family.

He added Williams was a talented musician.

Judge Plumstead told Williams: "I am sure you are a commercial dealer. You are an idle young man who wanted to make money out of selling drugs.

"I have no sympathy for people who deal commercially in drugs. The damage the do spreads like rot through an area."

Williams was jailed on Monday for four years and three months.


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