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Wednesfield man caught with class A drugs jailed for supply offences

A 20-year-old man from the Black Country has been jailed after being caught with class A drugs in a stop and search.

Gerhard Smith has been sentenced to 27 months behind bars.
Gerhard Smith has been sentenced to 27 months behind bars.

Gerhard Smith, from Cannock Road, in Wolverhampton, was sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on Thursday to 27 months behind bars.

Smith had pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs, namely crack cocaine and heroin, at an earlier hearing.

He was also ordered to pay a surcharge of £190.

The court heard how officers stopped Smith on London Road in Newcastle-under-Lyme at around 1.15pm on March 7, 2022.

Officers seized a mobile phone, cash and clingfilm, containing class A drugs.

A search of a property off Newcastle Road led to the discovery of additional class A drugs.

DC Philip Pegg, of the Northern Crime Support team at Staffordshire Police, said: "I’m happy that we’ve been able to take these harmful substances out of circulation and stop Smith profiting from the illegal distribution of class A drugs.

“We are proactive in our pursuit of offenders and this is another example of the work we complete on a daily basis to ensure those responsible for dealing drugs in our communities are dealt with robustly.”

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