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Man jailed for six and a half years for drug dealing offences in Bournemouth

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A man has been jailed for six and a half years after being caught dealing drugs in Bournemouth.

Paul Stephen Hurst, 55 and of Birch Drive in Bournemouth, was sentenced after pleading guilty at Bournemouth Crown Court yesterday, Monday 28 January 2019, to two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs. 

At around 7pm on Friday 8 June 2018 officers on patrol spotted a group of known drug users loitering near a telephone kiosk on the overcliff before moving onto West Cliff Green toward a wooded area.

At 7.30pm Hurst was seen to drive a silver Peugeot 307 into Durley Gardens, which is a dead end and has a footpath leading to the green. One of the drug users exited the rear of Hurst’s car after a suspected drug deal. The user was arrested and he told officers he had bought the drugs from Hurst.

Hurst was located and a drugs wipe came back positive for cocaine and cannabis. He was arrested for drug driving. 

Officers searched Hurst and he was found to have approximately 20 wraps of crack cocaine on his person. He was further arrested for possession with intent to supply a class A drug.

His home was searched and a large quantity of heroin was found in a fruit bowl.

Hurst was released under investigation pending further enquiries.

At 2.20pm on Thursday 13 September 2018 officers on mobile patrol saw a grey Ford Mondeo being driven along Centenary Way in Boscombe, which appeared to be unroadworthy. It was asked to stop on Cleveland Road. Hurst, who was driving the vehicle, and his front seat passenger were detained for a search after a bag of white powder was found.

Hurst’s home was again searched and officers found around 50 wraps of heroin and a large number of wraps of crack cocaine. Scales, phones and cling film wraps were also located.
Hurst was subsequently charged.

Detective Constable Kate Spyrou, of Bournemouth police, said: “Drug dealing and misuse blights communities and we will do everything we can to target offenders such as Paul Hurst from committing these offences in Dorset.

“I hope this case sends out a very clear warning that officers are carrying out targeted patrols to tackle drug-related offences and we will do everything in our power to catch offenders and bring them before the court.

“We will always encourage members of the community to report any concerns relating to drug dealing or misuse to us and will make every effort to act on information received. Anyone with information is urged to contact Dorset Police via email on 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org. If you witness a crime in progress dial 999 immediately.”

Please find image on Dorset police website: https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/6900
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