Officer welcomes jailing of street drug dealer

Haddan Gibson, 41, of Arcola Street, London
Haddan Gibson, 41, of Arcola Street, London

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A POLICE sergeant has welcomed the jailing of a street dealer.

Sgt Rob Sutton told how plain-clothes officer carried out surveillance to snare Haddan Gibson.

It’s a good example of the local neighbourhood team taking on a community priority and trying to tackle the very difficult drugs supply and demand we’ve got

Sgt Rob Sutton

The 41-year-old father was seen dealing drugs once in St Peter’s Grove, Southsea, on November 20 last year.

He was jailed for three-and-a-half years by a judge at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Now Sgt Sutton has praised the local community for coming forward to police with information.

He said: ‘It’s a good example of the local neighbourhood team taking on a community priority and trying to tackle the very difficult drugs supply and demand we’ve got.

‘Often when we hear about people dealing drugs we get some community information.

‘As soon as we get that we’ll take it on.’

Gibson, of Arcola Street, London, was found guilty at a trial of two charges of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs – cocaine and heroin.

Sgt Sutton added: ‘It was a very thorough investigation by the officers involved.

‘We did some surveillance, used all the tools that we’ve got that were proportionate for what we were looking at.

‘It just shows when all the teams work together we put forward a very health evidential case.’

The court heard Gibson was considered as a low risk of serious harm to members of the public. The judge ordered £670 seized must be destroyed.