Prison for drug dealer after Op Viking crackdown
A drug dealer from London has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after being convicted of drug dealing offences in Surrey.
Stephen Stone, 61 from Fulham, London was stopped by officers from the Operation Viking Team on the Goodwyns Estate in Dorking on 18 October following information from the public he was seen earlier acting suspiciously.
Op’ Viking is the Force’s dedicated team that deals with cross-border drug dealers.
During a search of his person, 16 wraps of heroin and seven packages of crack cocaine were found in his underwear. A large quantity of cash was also found along with a mobile phone.
A further search of his home address revealed a further supply of amphetamine.
Stone went on to be arrested and charged with:
- Possession with intent to supply heroin
- Possession of intent to supply crack cocaine
- Possession of amphetamine
He pleaded guilty to all the offences at Guildford Crown Court on Friday 15 December.
This follows further work carried out by the Operation Viking Team which saw another London drug dealer, Abubakur Guthmy, sentenced to 68 months in prison last week
PC Elliott Hartley from the Operation Viking Team, said: “These sentences act as a reminder to dealers looking to sell drugs in Surrey that your criminality won’t be tolerated. Drug dealing can damage lives and tear communities apart and brings with it increased levels of crimes such as theft and anti-social behaviour.
“We want to express to the people of Surrey how they can play a part putting a stop to drug dealers and the networks they operate in. Working with us by reporting anything suspicious will enable us to better support and protect our communities. If you would rather report information anonymously, you can do so via Crimestoppers.”
If you have information about suspected drug dealing or crime in your area, please either contact Surrey Police via www.Surrey.Police.UK or by calling 101.
If you don’t want to speak to Police, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. They never ask your name or trace your call and you could earn yourself a reward. What are the signs of potential drug dealing:
- Lots of visitors, who don’t stay very long, arriving at all times of the day and night
- People waiting in cars outside particular properties exchanging small packets or cash
- Lots of visitors bringing items such as TVs or bikes but leaving empty handed
- Lone/vulnerable neighbours suddenly having groups of young men living at their address
What we want to know:
- Time, date and place
- Vehicle registrations and the make, model and colour
- Descriptions of people and details of what they were doing
- Direction they travelling to and from
- How many times you have seen them – is it always at the same time of day?
Don’t put yourself at risk while gathering this information. Please always pass the information to the police and do not confront or approach suspected drug dealers.