Man jailed for seven years for dealing drugs containing highly dangerous synthetic opioids in Evesham - The Evesham Observer

Man jailed for seven years for dealing drugs containing highly dangerous synthetic opioids in Evesham

Evesham Editorial 6th Nov, 2023 Updated: 6th Nov, 2023   0

A man has been sentenced to seven years for dealing drugs containing the highly dangerous synthetic opioid Nitazene in Evesham.

Leon Brown, 35, of Baker Street, West Bromwich, was arrested in the Bretforton area on August 3 as part of an operation by South Worcestershire County Lines team.

Brown was sentenced to a total of seven years at Worcester Crown Court on Thursday, November 2.

The sentencing was for five years and seven months to run concurrently for two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

He was further sentenced to one month to run concurrently for one count of possession of a Class B drug and four months concurrent for possession of criminal property.

Brown was also ordered to serve a consecutive custodial term of 18 months for breaching a suspended sentence order, bringing his total term to just over seven years.

Detective sergeant Luke Papps, South Worcestershire County Lines Team said: “Bringing Brown to justice is a great result in our ongoing efforts to tackle county lines drug dealing, taking a serious offender off the streets of Evesham following some good investigative work by our officers.”

DS Papps added Brown’s significant sentencing was heavily impacted by the existence of the synthetic opioid – Nitazene – in the drugs he was supplying.

“The danger with these synthetic opioids is they look exactly like heroin but nitazenes, for example, are significantly stronger than heroin so there is clearly an increased risk to the user,” he said.

“We will not cease in our mission to get dealers like Brown off the streets of South Worcestershire and urge anyone with information about such criminal activity to report it to us so we can investigate.”

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