A MAN who pleaded guilty to dealing drugs in Bromsgrove but then failed to turn up for sentencing has been jailed for four years.
Kieran Loveridge, 28, of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Worcester Crown Court.
Police raided an address in Foxwalks Avenue in August 2016 where officers found a small amount of drugs, along with cash and mobile phones.
Loveridge was arrested at the scene and in October 2017, following an investigation into his mobile phone use for supplying controlled drugs, he was charged.
He appeared at Kidderminster Magistrates Court later that month where he pleaded not guilty and the case was sent for trial at crown court.
During the trial in June 2018 Loveridge pleaded guilty and was bailed for sentencing later in the year but failed to show up for his day in court.
A warrant was issued for his arrest and in the early hours of last Thursday he was found at an address in Bromsgrove.
The jail term was handed to Loveridge for possession of class A drugs, namely crack cocaine, and for him being involved in supplying cocaine and heroin.
Following the sentencing PC Danny Somner from West Mercia Police, who investigated the case, said the raids were carried out under the Misuse of Drigs Act after the Bromsgrove community raised concerns.
“There’s no place for serious and organised crime in Bromsgrove and I hope this sentencing sends a message to those involved in county lines that if they are coming into our policing areas, we will take action.”
The investigation was part of West Mercia Police’s commitment to tackling serious and organised crime as part of the force’s Protect campaign.
Protect is aimed at officers pursuing and disrupting those involved in serious organised crime, stopping people from becoming involved, protecting communities and reducing the impact it has when it occurs.
Anyone with any information on organised crime or drug-dealing in their area should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.