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Man jailed for over five years for drug offences

News   •   Oct 02, 2019 21:13 BST

Jailed: James Riches

A man has been sentenced to more than five years in jail after pleading guilty to drugs offences.

James Riches, 46 (01.05.73), of Brownspring Drive, Eltham appeared at Woolwich Crown Court on Wednesday, 2 October where he pleaded guilty to possession of a class A drug with intent to supply.

He also admitted possession of a stun gun.

He was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for drugs possession and one month for possession of a stun gun, to be served concurrently.

The court heard that on 17 June 2019, a drugs warrant was executed at Riches’ house.

On searching the property, officers noticed that floorboards in the stairway cupboard appeared loose.

When they were pulled up, a void was located in which 3.5kg of high purity cocaine was found in four black plastic bags hanging from a hook.

Detective Superintendent Neil Ballard, from Specialist Crime, said: “The Metropolitan Police Specialist Crime Command will continue to target those who supply large quantities of class A drugs, and bring them to justice. The linking of a stun gun to the possession of these drugs shows the close link between dealing drugs and violence in our communities, which we are determined to reduce.”