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Jail term for drug dealer

02/01/2015

 

Slipping back into his bad old habits proved costly for Garry Ellis.

 

He started taking drugs again and then dealing in them. But what he did didn't realise was that some of the people asking him to get drugs were undercover cops.

 

Officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary had mounted a secret operation in Bishop's Stortford to target the supply of class A drugs in the town.

 

Ellis, 27, was part of the drug supply scene in the town when the operation got going in 2014 and soon came to the attention of police.

 

He would meet them thinking he was handing over crack cocaine or heroine to just another unfortunate user, little realising that he was being recorded and videoed in an evidence gathering exercise.

 

Between the summer and autumn of last year Ellis of Primrose field, Harlow in Essex was involved in supplying drugs to the undercover cops. The officers were posing as users to establish who was involved in the supply of drugs in the town.

 

Ellis , who was able to come up with bags and wraps of crack cocaine and heroin soon revealed himself to be someone who had links to a chain of supply. Although not at the top of the chain, St Albans crown court heard today his role was a significant one.

 

He pleaded guilty to two charge of supplying Class A drugs and two charges of being concerned in the supply of a class A drug. The court was told he had two previous convictions for dealing in drugs.

 

Will Noble defending said having steered clear of drugs over the last few years, Ellis had slipped back into bad habits. But he said things then took a turn for the worse when he resorted to dealing to fund his own use.

 

Judge Andrew Bright QC jailed Ellis for a total of five years and 220 days.

 

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