Drug dealer sentenced after officers witness his dealing activities
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A drug dealer has been jailed for five years and seven months after plain clothed officers witnessed him dealing class A drugs within Gloucester.
Donald Ewers, aged in his 60s and of Walkinshaw Court in Gloucester, was sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court yesterday (Thursday 14 July).
He was convicted after previously pleading guilty to the supply of heroin and crack cocaine, possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine plus possessing criminal property.
A judge also ordered for the forfeiture of drugs, scales and cash.
Suspicions were first raised about Ewers when officers had spotted him acting suspiciously at Gloucester Park on Tuesday 8 March, he was spotted to be on the phone to someone and moments later what appeared to be a drug deal took place.
Hours later a number of additional interactions had taken place within the park which saw Ewers approach people and hand over small items before eventually cycling off towards Metz Way.
He was followed to this location and detained by officers for a drugs search.
Ewers had attempted to cycle away from the officer while reaching for something within his pocket and had to be restrained.
A bag was seized from Ewers which contained a mobile phone, a bundle of cash, drugs and two socks containing cash.
This led officers to believe he had gained the money from the earlier interactions with members of the public. Due to this and the earlier interactions he was arrested on suspicion of the supply of Class A drugs.
Ewers admitted that he had swallowed a number of one gram bags of heroin and additional searches also uncovered a sock down his trousers which contained a number of wraps of drugs. His home address was also searched which led to other items being recovered.
The searches of Ewers and his home address resulted in the combined seizure of £3,200 in cash, quantities of heroin and crack cocaine valued at £1,640, two sets of electronic scales which had visible powder residue, a machete and designer clothing.
This along with CCTV footage from the park was sufficient evidence to prove that Ewers was involved in drug dealing and he was charged with the offences before pleading guilty.
Detective Inspector Dave Shore-Nye said: "In March of this year we were responding to community concerns regarding drug dealing taking place out in the open at Gloucester Park which led to the arrest of Donald Ewers.
"We welcome the sentenced imposed on Ewers as it reflects the severity of the offence as well as the misery and impact that drug dealing causes for local communities."
Police would like to ask anyone who suspects drug dealing or suspicious activity taking place in their neighbourhood to report it to either Crimestoppers anonymously or police.