Dealer locked up in cell for 23 hours a day lands second three-year jail term



Drug dealer Matthew Inwood was caught with 163 class A drug deals – just five weeks after being arrested on suspicion of supplying heroin.

The 24-year-old is already serving a three-year prison sentence for the heroin offence dating back to May, 2019.

And now Inwood has been sentenced for the second offence after police found the 90 wraps of crack cocaine and 73 deals of heroin at an address in Comet Avenue, Knutton.

He has been hit with another three-year jail term to run consecutively to his current jail sentence.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard police had gone to the Knutton address looking for someone else – and arrested Inwood instead.

Prosecutor Simon Rippon said: “He was arrested because he was being recalled to prison. He was searched. Police found two amounts of cannabis, £170 cash, a mobile phone, 90 crack cocaine deals and 73 deals of heroin.

“The phone contained messages relating to the supply of drugs from people seeking to buy heroin and crack cocaine.”

Inwood, of HMP Oakwood, pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing a class A drug with intent to supply and possessing a class B drug.

Stephen Rudge, mitigating, said these offences were committed while he was on bail. He said: “He got himself into a position where he was in a lot of drug debt for a class B drug. He was offered a solution. Foolishly he went along with it. He was homeless at the time.”

The court heard Inwood is currently being locked up in his cell for 23 hours a day due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Judge Paul Glenn said: “You were found in possession of 163 deals of cocaine and heroin. This was financially-motivated street level dealing.”





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