17:56 Friday 31 January 2014

Walton on Trent dealer jailed after police op ends in 100mph chase in Burton

Written byROB SMYTH

A SOUTH Derbyshire drug dealer has been jailed for four years following a high speed police chase in Burton.

Hethan Hall, of The Pastures, in Rosliston Road, Walton-on-Trent, was snared by police as he attempted to conduct a drug deal with Mark Groombridge, from Uttoxeter, in the town after police moved on months of intelligence work by officers.

Hall, 23, also refused to stop for police when he drove off from the Beacon pub, in Tutbury Road.

He fled at speeds of up to 100mph along the A38 before being arrested at his home address.

Staffordshire Police attempted to stop Groombridge as he was driving along Uttoxeter Road, in Hatton.

He eventually stopped but then tried to make off again by reversing at speed and doing a U-turn.

He also threw a package into a field which was found to contain 27.4 grams of cocaine worth £1,400.

Hall’s fingerprints were found on the recovered package that Groombridge had thrown into a field.

After a search of nearby stables, a bag was also seized which contained a lunch box, a knife and a set of digital scales.

All of the items were found to have traces of cocaine as well as Hall’s fingerprints.

The pair appeared at Stafford Crown Court and Groombridge, 28, was also jailed for a total of three years and 10 months.

Detective Inspector Phil Duffy, of the serious and organised crime unit, said: “These individuals were engaged in selling drugs in Staffordshire.

“I hope the result will reassure our communities that we are listening to them and taking action against drug dealers.

“We continue our commitment to tackle those who seek to profit from other people’s misery. Information we receive from the public is imperative to the success of these operations.”

This comes days after the final member of a drug cartel rounded up as part of Operation Nemesis in the town was sent to jail.

Anyone with information about drug dealing can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 111555.

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