A DRUG dealer whose home was shut down in the first ever crack house closure in South Derbyshire has been thrown back in jail – only months after being released and ‘reigniting’ the area’s narcotics trade.
Andrew Eaton, of Burton Road, Midway, was recalled to prison after Derbyshire Police and Derbyshire Probation Service worked together to snare him after ‘community intelligence’ found he had begun dealing Class A drugs as soon as he was released on licence last September.
Eton first came to prominence when his house in Davis Road, Swadlincote, was forcibly closed in 2011 after police and magistrates ruled that it was being used in connection with Class A drug supply and public disorder.
South Derbyshire section inspector Paul Cannon said the fact that Eaton was swiftly returned to jail showed there ‘is and always has been a zero-tolerance approach to drug dealing in the area’.
He told the Mail: “As soon as he was released, he began drug dealing straight away, leading to a rise in the issue in the area.
“We finally got him on February 17 in a routine vehicle stop at the Clock Garage island.
“He had a quantity of heroin concealed within his body and Eaton admitted possession of a Class A drug.
“On February 19, this information was passed to the probation service, which is now housed within Swadlincote Police Station, and they recalled him to prison as he was in breach of his licence.
“I think this shows that we will not rest and let people get away with committing drug offences in South Derbyshire.
“It also shows that we listen to the public, investigate their intelligence and act on it where we can.
“People also have to remember, what ever they think about the rights and wrongs of taking drugs, it is illegal and also spawns a host of other crimes and impacts on hard-working, good people and we will not have that.”
Since Eaton was jailed, crime around the Midway area had dropped ‘significantly’, he said.
Eaton was originally sentenced to three years and three months in prison after being found guilty of possession of drugs with intent to supply in 2011.
He was sent down after his activities were discovered when officers swooped on his property in Davis Road, Swadlincote, on April 29 of the same year.
The property was boarded up as part of a three-month ‘crack house closure’ after evidence showed that the address had been used in connection with the unlawful use and supply of a Class A controlled drug.