Two jailed for Leicester drugs supply

A man who ran a controlled phone line to supply class A drugs throughout the county has been jailed.

Fabian Evans, 35, appeared at Leicester Crown Court today (Friday 30 April) where he was sentenced to seven years and five months imprisonment.

Evans, of Chatwins Wharf, Tipton in Sandwell, pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to supply heroin and cocaine and being concerned in the supply of cocaine and heroin at an earlier hearing in the same court.

Co-offender, Luke Coleman, also appeared today and was sentenced to two years and five months imprisonment after previously pleading guilty to charges of possession of class A drugs and being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

Acting on intelligence received officers carried out an operation between 1 September 2019 and 18 August last year which focused on the supply line. From enquiries carried out it became apparent Evans was employing runners to supply drugs in and around the Westcotes area of Leicester.

Evans was arrested at his home address in Sandwell on the 18 August 2020.

On the same day officers executed a warrant under Section 8 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act at an address in Station Road in Wigston. Inside the property they found Coleman, 24, of Irvine Close, Stenson Fields, Derby. Coleman was wearing a pair of latex gloves and was in the process of cutting and wrapping up a supply of class A drugs on the kitchen counter – the drugs had an estimated street value of £5,000.

Drugs paraphernalia and mobile phones were also discovered inside the property.

PC Nick Bird was the investigating officer. He said: “The force is committed to tackling the supply of illegal drugs within our communities and officers continue to work tirelessly to bring those responsible to justice.

“Anyone with information about drug offending in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is encouraged to report what they know. We will take all reports seriously and investigate thoroughly.

“With public help we can combat drug crime.”