A drug dealer who led officers on a high speed police pursuit has been jailed for numerous offences.
Jammar Matthews, 22 (26.07.94), of Bromhedge, SE9, pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court on Friday, 3 March to possession with intent to supply a Class A drug (cocaine), possession with intent to supply a Class B drug (cannabis), two counts of possession of a psychoactive substance with intent to supply, dangerous driving and possession of criminal property.
He was sentenced on the same day to two years and ten months’ imprisonment.
Matthews was also disqualified from driving for 30 months and will have to take an extended re-test.
On 3 August 2016, officers from Greenwich’s Gangs Unit were doing an intelligence led patrol when they came across Matthews driving a vehicle in the Eltham area. Officers signalled for Matthews to pull over but he failed to stop and he made off at speed.
He was pursued by officers and was driving at excessive speed. He drove through red traffic lights before blowing out a tyre.
Matthews jumped out of the moving vehicle in Bromhedge, SE9, leaving a 14-year-old boy behind in the passenger seat, before it collided with a brick wall. The boy was not seriously injured.
Matthews fled the scene but he was soon captured and arrested by officers. He was in possession of eight bags of cannabis and two wraps of cocaine. The vehicle contained 558 canisters of nitrous oxide.
Matthews’ home address was searched where another 600 canisters of nitrous oxide was found along with £1,496.04 in cash. The cash was forfeited under the Misuse of Drugs act.
Officers examined Matthews’ mobile phone which revealed evidence of supplying nitrous oxide, cannabis and cocaine.
Matthews was charged on 3 November.
He first appeared at Woolwich Crown Court on 2 December and pleaded not guilty.
However, he changed his plea to guilty on Friday, 3 March and was sentenced as above.
PC David Paine from Greenwich’s Gangs Unit said: "I’m extremely pleased with the conviction of Matthews. He drove dangerously from officers in an attempt to evade apprehension and it was by sheer good fortune that nobody was seriously injured.
"Matthews was in possession of a catalogue of controlled drugs destined to be supplied in the borough, this included more than 1,000 canisters of nitrous oxide.
"I want to reassure the residents of Greenwich that the Gangs Unit dedicates its time to reducing serious youth violence, gang related activity and tackling the supply of drugs head on."
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