Two men who supplied drugs in Buxton have been jailed
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Two young men who supplied cocaine and cannabis in Buxton and violently assaulted another man have been jailed.
Joshua White and Jackson Parker admitted dealing large amounts of the drugs to their customers in Buxton and were given a combined prison sentence of 15 years.
Derby Crown Court heard that Parker, of Marlow Street, Buxton, was the main organiser behind the illegal operation.
The pair employed runners to distribute both Class A and Class B drugs across the town, sending out mass messages to their so-called customers, offering significant amounts of credit and sometimes accepting bank transfers as payment.
He was arrested alongside Joshua White, of Baslow Grove, Buxton, on Wednesday 10 March 2023 by officers investigating a report of threats and malicious communications where a bullet had been posted through the door of a victim.
Arrest warrants were carried out at properties on Marlow Street and Buxton Grove where officers found large amounts of cocaine, cannabis, cash and items involved in the supply of drugs.
Parker (25) pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine and cannabis and assault occasioning grievous bodily harm. He was jailed for nine-and-a-half years.
White (22) pleaded guilty to the same charges and was sent to prison for five-and-a-half years.
They were sentenced during a hearing at Derby Crown Court on Thursday 21 September.
A hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act will take place at a later day which will determine how much money and assets they made from their crime, and how much they will have to pay back.
Officers in the Buxton area are involved in a long-term operation to target serious and organised crime in the area as part of Project Unity, which seeks to address the issues through a partnership approach, using the ‘Clear, Hold, Build’ method from the Home Office.
The ‘Clear’ approach will see intelligence-led police activity in the area, aiming to disrupt criminal groups and the supply of illegal drugs.
Temporary Detective Inspector Kane Martin, of our Child Exploitation team, said: “Drugs have a detrimental impact upon our communities, and drug dealers look to exploit others all for their own greed.
“Both Parker and White were involved in this long-term illegal drug operation in Buxton, and I am pleased that they are now behind bars and facing the consequences of their criminal behaviour.”
Temp. DI Martin added: “This type of activity will continue in the area as part of Project Unity, where we are working with partners to target and help reduce the harm caused by serious and organised crime.
“We welcome the support of the community and would encourage anyone who may have information on the illegal drug activity to contact us.”