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Number Plate Leads Police to Drug Dealer

June, 6 2011

Number Plate News

A drug dealer who used is personalised registration to advertise his trade has been caught and sentenced to jail.

His car registration, complete with an Ecstasy 'smiley face', adorned the initials JTP in reference to the initials of his nickname, 'Jimmy the pill'.

A police raid uncovered a large amount of drugs at his neighbour Susan Welsh's home in Blyth, Northumberland.

The incriminating evidence seized by police included speed, pills, scales and mobile phones, plus his car and personalised number plate.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how Welsh had shown police officers a blue denim purse in a kitchen cupboard with white powder inside.

Welsh told police that the drugs were for her own use, but failed to inform police of the key to a cupboard outside.

Inside the cupboard were scales, small plastic bags, two black bags containing a bag of blue tablets and box of white powder.

"Sorry I should have told you about that," Welsh told the police.

Forensic analysis found the white powder to be amphetamine with a street value of £1,500.

The prosecution believed the 977 blue tablets were to be sold as Ecstasy, although didn't contain any of the actual drug.

Taylor, 41, handed himself into police on hearing the news that neighbour Welsh, 53, had been arrested.

He also admitted to attempting to possess class A drugs and possession of class B drugs with intent to supply.

Welsh was handed six-month suspended prison sentence while Taylor was jailed for 12 months.

Judge Brian Forster, stated:  "Anyone who becomes involved in any kind of drugs supply will be punished.

"The courts are determined to stamp out drug dealing in this area."

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