Convicted drug dealer Allan Finn from Westfield, near Hastings, has started a six-year sentence for his crimes following a two-day trial at Lewes Crown Court.
Finn, 32, a window cleaner, had denied being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and cannabis but on Wednesday 12 June he was found guilty.
He was sentenced to six years for the cocaine offence and three years for the cannabis offence, to run concurrently.
A further nine weeks, previously suspended, was added for driving while disqualified. Orders were made for collection of a victim surcharge, and forfeiture and destruction of the confiscated drugs.
Finn had been stopped by police in Robertson Street, Hastings during the early hours of 15 July, 2017. Following a previous jail term for drug supply in 2010, he claimed that cocaine and cannabis found in his possession were for personal use.
But examination of his mobile phone showed Finn was involved in the sale of cannabis and crack cocaine at levels consistent with wholesale supply.
Afterwards Detective Sergeant Chris Milner, who led the investigation, said: “This sentence not only takes into account Finn’s history of being involved in the supply of class A and B drugs, but also reflects the level at which he was operating.
“The supply of crack cocaine and cannabis has far-reaching consequences. These are drugs that cause harm not only through their usage, but from the associated theft and violent offences that often support the purchase of the drugs.
“There is also the impact on local residents and the burden it places on health, social care and the emergency services.”
Police work to combat illegal drugs in Sussex continues under the ‘Fortress’ brand, launched to encompass all our drug-harm reduction work.
Anyone with information about suspected illicit drug activity in their community can report details online or call 101, quoting Operation Fortress.
Alternatively details can be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers or by phoning 0800 555 111.