Hayes man jailed for drugs supply offence

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Following a police investigation, a man has been jailed for a drugs supply offence in South Buckinghamshire.

Harry Penny, from Hayes, London, was sentenced to a year and six months’ imprisonment at Aylesbury Crown Court last Thursday (10 February).

He pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of class A.

At around 5.55pm on 18 September 2020, officers travelling along Thorney Mill Road in Iver spotted a blue Volkswagen Touran containing two men travelling in the opposite direction towards Thorney Lane South.

Officers turned around to stop the vehicle and as they approached the junction, they could see the Volkswagen had pulled up alongside a blue Ford Focus.

The Volkswagen driver was seen lifting his arm out of the open window and dropping an item into the Ford driver’s palm.

The officers stopped by the vehicles and arrested the men for a search under Section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

As the officers arrived, the suspect had about £120 on his lap and stated: “He was giving me some money he owed me.”

During an initial search of the vehicles, officers located cash and two iPhones in the Volkswagen and a phone and two wraps in the Ford, which was later confirmed to be cocaine.

A dog unit attended to complete a more thorough search of the Volkswagen and indicated to the centre console.

This area was searched and the plastic cover under the ashtray was broken, revealing a hidden section.

Inside was a quantity of cash folded in a cigarette box, a small zip-up pouch with several folded-up bits of paper, inside which was suspected to be class A drugs, and a Citroen car key.

Detective Constable Kerry Hall, of the Priority Crime Team, based at Amersham police station, said: “Drug supply will not be tolerated by Thames Valley Police and I hope this sentence reflects the seriousness of this offending.

“Through Stronghold, we are committed to working in partnership to tackle serious organised crime and exploitation, such as county lines drug dealing.

“We continue to need the support of the public in this, and we would ask them to report any information that they have about drug dealing.

“This can be shared with Thames Valley Police on our website or by calling 101. “You can also report information anonymously by calling independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”