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Eastbourne Weekly Update

Alert message sent 07/09/2018 12:13:00

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Friday, 7 September 2018

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Following a painstaking police investigation, four men involved in dealing Class A drugs in Eastbourne have each started significant jail sentences after appearing at Lewes Crown Court.

Geovanni Biggs, 20, unemployed, of Denzil Road, London NW10; Tamer Bodur, 20, a sales assistant, of no fixed address, and Jarryd Smith, 28, of Highdown Lane, Sutton, Surrey, were all charged with being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine.

Biggs and Bodur were also charged with being concerned in the supply of heroin, and Smith with possessing heroin with intent to supply. All three pleaded guilty and all were sentenced to three years' imprisonment.

The fourth man, Kaysharn Williams, 18, a student, of no fixed address, (pictured here) was charged with being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin. He pleaded not guilty but was convicted by a jury and was sentenced to four years' imprisonment.

 In October 2017 a police prevention enforcement team was outside an address in Seaside, Eastbourne, when officers saw Smith dealing drugs in the street. He was immediately arrested and when officers entered the property the three other offenders were found there.

Drugs were recovered from Biggs and Bodur, and a total of £1,495 was found on the trio. This was confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Detective Inspector Gavin Patch said the case showed excellent co-operation between the community investigation and prevention enforcement teams. He said: "This should send a strong message to those who deal in drugs that we will use the full extent of our powers to secure evidence and achieve convictions which in this case involved an extended period in police custody to recover all drugs held by these men."

This investigation demonstrates our 18-22 local policing model in action. Precept increases secured earlier this year are being used to strengthen local teams even further, improve ways for people to contact us and to modernise the way we work.

Inspector Rachel Barrow added: "I'd like to reassure people in Eastbourne that we are constantly and consistently taking action to combat drug abuse and those responsible for facilitating the supply of drugs, particularly those who cause the most harm to our communities. The sentencing on this occasion is really encouraging for officers and the public to see and I would encourage anyone affected by the supply of drugs to tell us about it."

Anyone having information about drug dealing can report details online or by phoning 101. Alternatively, the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously via its website or by phoning 0800 555111.

Crime summary

On 31st August 2018, a burglary has occurred in Jevington Gardens, in which a number of individuals have entered and used the property whilst the occupants were on holiday (Ref: 1173 31/08/2018)

On 1st September, a burglary occurred on Austen Walk, in which a shed was broken into and painting items stolen. (Ref: 1256 02/09/2018)

On 5th September a burglary occurred on Tamarack Close, in which a key was stolen (Ref: 0252 05/09/2018)

On 5th September 2018, a burglary occurred on WoodCroft Drive, in which jewellery was stolen from the property. (Ref: 0216 04/09/2018)

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If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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