A DRUG dealer who was caught in possession of over 100 wraps of heroin and crack has been jailed.
Alex Simon, 25, was sentenced to eight years and nine months in prison after three drug-related arrests in eight months.
Simon was first arrested in January 2019 after officers observed him acting suspiciously at Cornwallis Gardens, Hastings.
While on plainclothes patrol, they saw him conducting what appeared to be a drug deal with two women.
He returned to his car where he changed his jacket to change his appearance before leaving.
Simon was then arrested and his car key was found thrown nearby along with a package of 69 wraps of cocaine and 44 of heroin.
DNA found on discarded drug wrappers matched his.
He was charged with possession with intent to supply a class A drug (heroin) and possession with intent to supply a class A drug (crack cocaine).
In March 2019, Simon was arrested again after being identified on CCTV at an address in Wellington Square, Hastings, and in the company of a boy found in possession of crack cocaine worth over £5,000.
The ensuing police investigation found evidence that Simon was renting properties in the town, from which the boy would then distribute drugs. Simon’s DNA was found on the drug packaging and he was accused of being involved in supplying a class A drug.
Simon was later arrested in connection with the discovery of a cannabis factory at a property in Milward Road, Hastings, in August 2019.
Officers were at the address on an unrelated matter when they noticed the smell of cannabis coming from the mailbox.
What they could see and hear led them to believe there was an active cannabis grow inside, so they entered the house.
They found 208 cannabis plants with a potential market value of up to £174,000.
Investigations linked Simon to the address and he was arrested and charged with producing a Class B drug.
Simon pleaded guilty to all offenses and at Lewes Crown Court on March 18, and was sentenced to a total of eight years and nine months’ imprisonment.
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This notice was published: 2022-03-30 15:31:17