Drug dealer sentenced to 6 years and 11 months in prison
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A drug dealer will spend six years and eleven months behind bars after being sentenced for multiple drug offences at Guildford Crown Court on Friday, 28 January.
Ryan Ford, 36, of Enterprise Way, Aldershot, pleaded guilty to:
Conspiracy to supply of Class B controlled drug cannabis
Conspiracy to supply of Class B controlled drug ketamine
Conspiracy to supply of Class A controlled drug MDMA
Failure to comply with a Notice - S.53 RIPA 2000
His sentencing comes after months of proactive work by officers after they first identified Ford as a user of the international criminal messaging site EncroChat. Officers from the Serious and Organised Crime Unit discovered that over a two-month period in 2020, Ford had physically taken possession of at least 32.5kg of cannabis and 2kg of ketamine.
Ford was also planning to take possession of a large amount of MDMA before ceasing to communicate on the platform after it became common knowledge that the criminal messaging platform had been accessed by the police.
Ford, formerly from Woking, was arrested on 10 June 2021 at his home address in Aldershot, whereupon a search of his house also uncovered a cannabis production room in one of the bedrooms. Further encrypted devices were found in his possession and when asked for the pass-codes for these devices he refused.
Investigating Officer, DC Earl, said: “Ford’s arrest and conviction is another example of the tireless proactive work Surrey Police are doing every day to target drug related crime in the county.
“Drugs can have a devastating impact on the local community and this conviction shows that if you want to pursue this illegal activity, we will find you and we will bring you to justice.”
If you are concerned about drug use or drug dealing in your area, contact us on 101 or via the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.In an emergency, always dial 999.
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 TV's 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