Drug dealer jailed for more than two years

A METHERINGHAM man has been jailed for 32 months after police found drugs with a street value of up to £9,000 during three raids on his home.

Officers also recovered over 17,000 in cash and digital scales after targeting 58-year-old David Waite.

Waite, 58, of Station Road, Metheringham, admitted five charges of possessing drugs with intent to supply, 10 charges of simple possession, acquiring 150 diazapam tablets and possessing 17,480 in criminal cash between March 11 and May 8, 2009.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Waite was out when police carried out their first search in March last year.

Officers recovered over 190 grammes of amphetamines, 40 grammes of the dance drug GHB and a small amount of cannabis.

Waite was released on bail after handing himself in at Lincoln police station, but officers carried out a second raid just a month later after a suspicious parcel addressed to Waite from the Indian resort of Goa was intercepted at London's Mount Pleasant sorting office.

Mark Knowles, prosecuting, said the package was found to contain 150 illegal diazapam tablets.

Further amounts of amphetamines, ketamine and cannabis were discovered in the second search along with 17,480 in cash which was found hidden underneath a water butt in the garden.

Waite was released on bail after being questioned a second time by police – but officers again found drugs when they carried out a third search at Waite's property just three weeks later. This time six ecstasy tablets were among the haul.

Mr Knowles told the court: "The total street value of all the drugs found was estimated at between 7,264 and 9,160."

The court heard Waite was sentenced to four years' imprisonment at Lincoln Crown Court in 2003 for possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.

Gordon Aspden, mitigating, said Waite began dealing in drugs to fund his own habit after the unfortunate death of his only son during a quarry accident.

Passing sentence Recorder Richard Swain told Waite it was clear that he was a supplier of 'dangerous drugs'.