Drugs courier jailed after Leigh Park raid

Oliver Carson, who was convicted of drugs offences
Oliver Carson, who was convicted of drugs offences
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A DRUGS courier who was sent to the Portsmouth area by a London dealer and found with £1,000 of narcotics on him has been jailed.

Oliver Carson, 20, from Lewisham, admitted possessing crack cocaine and heroin with intent to supply.

He appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court on Monday via video link from prison, where he is serving an unconnected sentence for robbery.

The court heard police officers carried out a raid in Leigh Park on May 23.

Carson was found on the premises with 15 wraps of cocaine and one wrap containing 11 smaller wraps of heroin, as well as a quantity of brown powder which was also later identified as heroin.

In total, officers discovered 3.59g of heroin and 4.98g of crack cocaine.

Officers estimate the street value of the crack cocaine was roughly £300 to £450 and the heroin was worth around £250.

Carson was found with £215 in cash, which was also confiscated.

The court heard that Carson was part of a drug dealing ring involved in bringing class A drugs down to the Portsmouth area from London with a view to dealing them ‘at street level’, and was to be paid £100 for his day’s work.

Judge Richard Price sentenced Carson to 32 months in prison, which will run at the same time as his current jail time, and ordered the drugs to be destroyed.

He said: ‘If I make this sentence a consecutive sentence, it is too long for someone of your age to serve.’

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘Drug dealers who see Havant as a target where they can operate and thrive need to think again.

‘This case is a clear warning that police retain a relentless attitude towards removing criminals who seek to prey on people who may be vulnerable to the addiction and harm caused by substance misuse.

‘The co-operation of the law-abiding community is crucial to ensure our work in focused in the right places at the right times.’

Anyone with information about drugs offences should contact police on 101.