South Yorkshire drug dealer jailed

A Sheffield man has been jailed for over three years after being caught dealing heroin and cocaine by officers in Rotherham.

Jerome Thompson, 23, of Halifax Road, was detained on 10 March after officers witnessed him dealing drugs close to Wharncliffe flats in the town centre.

He was arrested under suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. Police recovered several drugs, cash and a burner phone when he was later searched.

Inspector Chris Blake, from Rotherham’s Central Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “This is a great example of the value of neighbourhood policing. Three of my officers were out on patrol near the town centre when they witnessed Thompson dealing drugs to two other men.

“Despite Thompson’s protests that these drugs were for personal use, the subsequent investigation proved otherwise.”

Officers have been carrying out enhanced patrols recently in our local communities to encourage compliance with social distancing.

“This has given us a fantastic opportunity to disrupt criminality such as this. Drugs and drug related crime can devastate communities and those involved in this type of crime pose a real threat to the safety of the public.”

Thompson was handed a 40-month sentence after being convicted of the offences last week (29 April).

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