Drug dealer jailed after cocaine and heroin found during police raid on Shrewsbury hotel room

By Deborah Hardiman | Shrewsbury | Crime | Published:

A drug dealer has been jailed for more than three years after being found in a Shrewsbury hotel room with hundreds of pounds in cash, cocaine and heroin in his possession.

Daniel Thompson's room at the Lord Hill Hotel was raided

Police officers swooped after staff at the Lord Hill Hotel became suspicious of Daniel Thompson’s activities at the premises, in Abbey Foregate.

Mr Nigel Stelling, prosecuting, told Shrewsbury Crown Court a total of £830 cash and drugs with an estimated street value of £640 were confiscated from the 29-year-old during the incident on October 13. He said that the officers were contacted by the management team.

The defendant was then remanded in custody after it emerged that he was in breach of a suspended jail term given in May this year for possession of an offensive weapon.

In relation to the latest case Thompson pleaded guilty to two offences of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and one offence of possession of criminal property which related to the money.

Thompson, of Dingle, Liverpool, was jailed for a total of three years and eight weeks at a hearing yesterday.

Miss Katy Appleton, mitigating, told the court the defendant had a difficult childhood followed by a long-standing addiction to cannabis which escalated to hard drugs including crack cocaine and his previous relationship had broken down. She said he moved from Liverpool to Shrewsbury in a bid to make a fresh start and to find building work, but had been unsuccessful.

“He is remorseful and I would add very foolish. He thought he could buy drugs in large quantities, break it down into smaller wraps and sell it on,” Miss Appleton added.

But Judge Peter Barrie told Thompson: “You had in your possession about £800 in cash and it is clear from the items found and from your mobile phone that you were dealing in Class A drugs partly for profit and partly to sustain your own use of Class A drugs. You were supplying to users and you clearly had a role which was being treated as a significant role.”

“You have a significant record of offences which includes possession of cannabis and supply of cannabis. These are aggravating features. I recognise that this is your first conviction for Class A and I recognise the difficult upbringing that you had. Nonetheless people, however difficult their background, have choices that they make. I am told that you are making better choices during your time in custody.”

For possession of drugs he sentenced Thompson to three years in jail and for possession of criminal property two months to run concurrently. He was re-sentenced to eight weeks in jail for the weapon offence, also to run concurrently. He must serve half before being released on licence.

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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