Dealers sold hard drugs on city’s streets

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TWO drug dealers have been jailed after police raided a flat and found heroin and crack cocaine along with a pile of cash.

Undercover officers from Portsmouth’s priority crime team watched Tony Devere cycling around the city on his mountain bike and sell drugs to a number of known users over two days.

They followed the 44-year-old drugs runner as he repeatedly returned to his flat in Angerstein Road, North End, to stock up before hitting the streets again.

The heroin and cocaine were supplied by Jemel McDonald, a London dealer with a string of previous convictions who had been coming to the city for months.

Just before 1pm on May 12, police caught Devere selling 15 wraps of heroin to a woman in Drayton, Portsmouth.

Officers then raided his nearby flat and found McDonald, 30, sitting in the kitchen with heroin, crack cocaine, scales, mobile phones, drugs bags and money nearby.

They recovered 14 wraps of crack cocaine, a number of wraps of heroin and £1,200.

Detective Constable Toby Wilson, who led the investigation, said: ‘Officers were aware that McDonald was preparing the heroin and cocaine inside the flat but had to ensure that clear evidence of a transaction was obtained before arresting Devere and entering the flat.

‘Forensic analysis proved that the drugs seized from the drug user matched those within the flat being cut and bagged up by McDonald.

‘The scales were shown to have traces of crack cocaine and heroin on them along with the knife used for cutting the drugs.’

In his police interview McDonald denied any knowledge of the drugs and said he had come to Portsmouth for the day to go shopping.

But police had CCTV proving he had been to Portsmouth on May 10 and May 12, undermining his account.

Det Con Wilson said: ‘The fatal piece of evidence for McDonald was his fingerprints being found on the scales, which had crack cocaine on them.’

McDonald, of Milkwood Road, Herne Hill, South East London, was jailed for seven years after pleading guilty to two counts of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

Devere was jailed for three-and-a-half years after admitting the same offences and another of supplying class A drugs.

Det Con Wilson said: ‘Although not a vast amount of drugs were recovered in the operation a key London class A drug dealer and local drug runner have been taken off the streets which will undoubtedly have an impact on other offences.

‘Drug users fund their habits through robberies, burglaries and thefts.

‘Targeting class A drug dealers reduces the overall crime rate in Portsmouth.’