Daniel Smith gets five years in jail after twice biting police officer in drugs-raid struggle in Milton Street, Ilkeston
A MAN has been jailed for a total of five years and eight months for drug-dealing and assaulting a police officer.
Daniel Smith was given 56 months for possessing heroin with the intent to supply and a further 12 months for assault after he bit a police officer during a drugs raid.
Smith, 45, was arrested, with Dawn Inger, after police executed a warrant at their house in Milton Street, Ilkeston, on July 5 last year.
While Inger was arrested at the front door, Smith struggled with officers and tried to swallow a plastic egg. During the struggle, Smith bit an officer twice on the arm, breaking the skin.
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When the egg was opened, it was found to contain wraps of drugs.
When Inger was searched, she was carrying a bag of drugs. Inger, 41, was handed a 28-month sentence for possessing cocaine with the intent to supply and a further 28 months for possessing a class A drug with intent to supply.
The pair, who both pleaded guilty, were sentenced at Derby Crown Court.
Ilkeston section inspector Nick Daines said: "I am pleased the judge not only sentenced Smith to a significant term in relation to the drug offence but has also recognised the impact his assault has caused the officer.
"This should send out a strong signal that the courts will respond to those who offer police officers violence."