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Shrewsbury dealers caught with £73,000 in cash and drugs worth up to £120,000 are jailed

Two drug dealers caught with nearly £73,000 in cash and drugs worth around £100,000 have been locked up for six years.

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Lucas Bethell and Mackenzie Roughley. Photos: West Mercia Police

Police found the money and mix of class A and class B drugs at the Shrewsbury homes of Lucas Bethell and Mackenzie Roughley during raids on April 28.

The pair were charged with a variety of drugs offences. Both admitted possession of cocaine with intent to supply, being concerned in the supply of cocaine, possession of cannabis with intent to supply, being concerned in the supply of cannabis and possession of criminal property.

Roughley also admitted being concerned in the supply of ecstasy. He had also admitted possession of MDMA with intent to supply, but this was vacated.

Both pleaded guilty at Kidderminster Magistrates Court the day after their arrest, before appearing at Shrewsbury Crown Court, sitting in Telford Magistrates Court, on Wednesday, when they were jailed.

The court heard how during raids in Crowmere Green and North Street, where Bethell and Roughley lived respectively, police found large quantities of bagged up drugs and cash.

In total, £72,916 in cash and drugs worth just under 890g, with a value of £100,000-£120,000, were seized from the two addresses.

Prosecutor Kevin Jones said it was a commercial operation, as he detailed how the bagged up drugs were found.