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Claire Williams (Police, Co-ordinator, West Berkshire)
Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, a man from London has been sentenced to thirteen years in prison for drugs offences.
Dajour Dacosta, aged 21 of Elmworth Grove, London, appeared at the Old Bailey on Friday (25/8) where he was sentenced.
On 25 October 2016, Dacosta was arrested in Newbury whilst being in possession of 39 wraps of crack cocaine and 31 wraps of heroin, which had a potential street value of £700. Just over £1000 cash was also seized from him.
Due to intelligence received, it was established that Dacosta had been using a nearby hotel as a base for his drug dealing. His offences were investigated and PC Chris Eaton and his team located and arrested him. He had only been in the town for four days.
Dacosta was postal charged on 6 February this year. He pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply heroin, possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and possession of criminal property.
Following the sentencing, PC Chris Eaton from Newbury police station said: “Drug dealers coming to Newbury will be caught and prosecuted; this case is another example of the hard work conducted by the team last summer.
“The team is now part of Stronghold - a Thames Valley Police initiative to deal with organised crime and those who benefit from the proceeds of crime. This is a county-line drug dealing investigation involving organised London gangs attending market towns in the Home Counties to sell drugs.
“The hotel concerned were very helpful in assisting with the apprehension of Mr Dacosta, and I would continue to ask that any local hotels remain vigilant for suspicious any activity.”
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