Shrewsbury playground drug dealer caught with crack cocaine and heroin

By Deborah Hardiman | Shrewsbury | Crime | Published:

A drug dealer caught red-handed with hundreds of pounds worth of drugs and cash in a children’s playground has been given a suspended jail term.

Jonathan Woolley, 25, was arrested by officers who had been carrying out surveillance in Shrewsbury following a tip-off.

He had £500 cash in his pocket and more than 40 wraps of crack cocaine and heroin with a street value of up to £750 were seized during the incident on April 3.

Ms Caroline Harris told Shrewsbury Crown Court that police carried out plain-clothed operation in the Ditherington area of Shrewsbury.

She said at about 12.20pm the police officers observed a male behind a small children’s park with another man. A van turned up and they watched the defendant approach it and then speak to the driver.

The court heard that when the officers also approached Woolley attempted to run away, but was caught. When he was searched £500 in cash was found in his pocket along with 15 brown wraps and 24 white wraps, a samurai sword and a mobile phone.

Mr Danny Smith, defending, said his client, of no fixed abode had emotional problems.

Woolley previously admitted offences of possession of an offensive weapon, possession of criminal property, possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and possession with intent to supply heroin. Woolley, who appeared via video will be released from prison.

He was sentenced to a total of two years jail suspended for two years and ordered to attended rehabilitation for 20 days with a nine-month curfew requirement.

Deborah Hardiman

By Deborah Hardiman

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based out of the head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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