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Luton drug dealer sentenced to six years in prison

8 Nov 2018

A Luton man who has a “significant role” in drug supply has been sentenced to six years in prison. 

Anthony Richardson, 31, of Limbury Road, Luton, was found guilty of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs yesterday (Wednesday) at Luton Crown Court and was sentenced immediately to six years. 

Following a warrant in Hillbrough Crescent, Houghton Regis, on 28 March 2017, officers found a large quantity of cocaine and cash and subsequently a man was sentenced to four and a half years for this.  

Ongoing investigations into a mobile phone recovered from the warrant led to officers discovering a large amount of text messages to Richardson in relation to a the supply of class A drugs.  

On 11 May 2017, officers attended Richardson’s home address and seized cash and Class A drug paraphernalia, as well as linking him to £3,000 worth of car hire. 

His Honour Judge Foster stated Richardson was “clearly in a significant role and directing someone else in dealing and cutting the drugs and converting cocaine to crack when necessary and dealing in not insignificant weights.” 

Detective Constable Matthew Stonnell, who led the investigation, said: “This case involves the investigation into the trafficking of controlled drugs by older males who are supplying gang activity and fuelling serious youth violence. I’m pleased Richardson has been given a custodial sentence and will now spend time behind bars where he can reflect on his actions.  

“I also hope this is a good deterrent to those who may think crime pays. Drugs can have a real detrimental effect in our communities, and we will take action against those who supply them to others.” 

Anyone with information on drug criminality in their area should contact the police using our online reporting centre, by calling 101, or report it anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

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