Jailed: Drug dealer jumped in river after trio busted at Shrewsbury sports centre
A Shrewsbury drug dealer who jumped into the River Severn and swam away after police swooped at a leisure centre is now behind bars.
Jordan Warren, aged 25, and his accomplices, Lewis Doran and Nathan Smout, were jailed after they were spotted carrying out suspected drug deals at Shrewsbury Sports Village in Sundorne Road.
Evidence showed that Warren and Doran had been peddling crack cocaine and heroin for 14 months.
Shrewsbury Crown Court was told how Warren quit his job as a roofer to become a "full-time" dealer and had a drug line named after him, how Doran is "intellectually" challenged and how addict Smout peddled Class A drugs to pay for his own £560-a-week habit.
Their operation came crashing down when the trio were spotted at the obstacle course next to the football fields, making phone calls and meeting known drug users on May 22 this year.
At around 3pm, Smout, aged 36, and 22-year-old Doran went inside the leisure centre and were arrested by police, but Warren put up more of a challenge.
Warren was approached on the sports fields by a female officer who tried to apprehend him. He threw his bike at her and picked up another bike before cycling off into the woods. He jumped into the River Severn and swam across towards Telford Way.
Around an hour-and-a-half later, officers caught up with Warren. He swung a punch at one of them but missed and was arrested.