'Major player' in supplying 'party drugs' Anthony Dexter is jailed for four years
A "MAJOR player" in supplying party drugs has been jailed for four years.
Anthony Dexter was caught with the rave drug NRG2, ecstasy tablets, amphetamine and the so-called "date rape" drug GHB after police raided his house and a second property in Ilkeston.
Officers also found cannabis growing at the houses in March this year.
Nottingham Crown Court was told that the drugs could have netted the 24-year-old up to £23,000.
Dexter pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing at Derby Crown Court to nine charges of possession with intent to supply class A, B and C drugs, production of a controlled drug and abstracting electricity.
Speaking after the hearing, Inspector Nick Daines, who is in charge of policing in the town, said he was delighted that the drugs had been taken off the streets of Ilkeston.
He said: "In terms of what you might call 'party drugs' this man was without doubt a major player in their supply in the area and I am delighted that he has been given such a long period of custody.
"I think the fact that Dexter has been jailed for so long sends out a strong message that officers in the Ilkeston area and across Derbyshire will stop at nothing to rid the streets of drugs, which are a scourge in our society.
"I hope this reassures our community that we will act on information we receive about illegal substances and always prosecute drug dealers."
Mr Daines said that his officers were called to Dexter's address in Stanton Road and to another property in Wood Street earlier this year after receiving information from members of the public, who suspected drugs were being grown and dealt from the properties.
Mr Daines said his officers found almost 10g of cocaine on Dexter when they stopped him on October 16 while he was riding through Ilkeston on his bike.
Dexter ran off on that occasion and was not arrested until November 2.
At Dexter's sentencing hearing at Nottingham Crown Court, Adrian Reynolds, in mitigation, said that his client turned to drugs after the breakdown of a relationship.
Mr Reynolds said: "When that relationship went wrong, his life went downhill.
"He started to abuse drugs and all of his problems arise fairly and squarely out of his abuse of drugs."
He said that Dexter had been living in one room where he had lived a "hand-to-mouth existence", as he funded his drugs habit by dealing.