A man caught with drugs in a Wolverhampton crack house was today jailed for seven years.
The house in Park Village was rife with illegal drug activity when police raided it earlier this year, a court heard. Police were even asked if they had any drugs on them when they raided the property in Crowther Street, Park Village. Stephen Brown was given seven years for possession of class A drugs with intent to supply, while the drug addict grandfather whose house it was it also starting a sentence today – he was given 20 months for his role in the drugs den.
Brown, aged 36 and of Cateswell Road in Hall Green, had been found guilty by jurors after a trial.
Meanwhile 61-year-old Beresford Smith, of Prosser Street, Park Village, pleaded guilty to permitting his premises for the use of supplying class A drugs.
As well as his 20-month sentence Smith was handed a two-year anti-social behaviour order, preventing him from entering Park Village and Fallings Park, associating with certain people and possessing any drugs paraphernalia.
Brown was found with small quantities of heroin and crack cocaine on him.
Prosecutor Mr Paul Mitten today told Wolverhampton Crown Court: “There were a number of people at the house, Stephen Brown and Benjamin Smith being two of them. As I understand it this was effectively a crack house. Mr Smith was the sole tenant and permitted drugs to be dealt from his address.”
Brown was given a mandatory minimum seven-year term under the ‘three strikes’ rule as it was his third conviction for drug trafficking.
Defending him, Mr Paul Andrews asked for leniency and said: “The amount of drugs found at the address – around two grams – was significantly small.”
Smith was ‘taken advantage of’ according to his barrister Miss Liz Lambert, who told the court that he did not make money from the drugs being dealt in his home and that he was ‘powerless’ to do anything about it.
She added: “He is 61 years of age and is vulnerable and an easy target.”
However Judge Helen Hughes said the only thing in Smith’s defence was his age.
She said: “These premises were being used primarily for drug activity. “Police were approached by people seeking to buy drugs during their search of the property.”
Of Brown the judge added: “The jury simply did not believe your account.”