Man jailed after biting police officer during drugs raid
A man has been jailed for a total of five years 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 12 months for assault after he bit a police officer during a drugs raid.
Smith,45, was arrested along with Dawn Inger after police executed a warrant at the couple’s 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.
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During the struggle, Smith bit an officer twice on the arm, breaking the skin.
When the egg was opened, it was found to contain wraps of drugs. When Inger was searched, she was carrying a bag of drugs.
41-year-old Inger 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 on Thursday, February 14.
Ilkeston Section Inspector Nick Daines, said: “This demonstrates once again that police officers are prepared to put themselves in harm’s way in order to protect the community from the scourge of drugs.
“I am extremely pleased that the judge not only sentenced Smith to a significant term in relation to the drug offence but has also recognised the impact that his assault has caused the officer.
“This should send out a strong signal, not only that drug dealing will not be tolerated but that the courts will respond to those who offer police officers violence.”