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‘Second chance’ Whittlesey drug dealer jailed

In the car they found Ziplock bags containing more than £1,600 worth of cocaine

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A cocaine dealer who was given a second chance two years ago has been jailed. Lee Welsford, 37, was arrested in New Road, Whittlesey, on 5 December last year by police who were on patrol in the area.

Officers spotted a car pull up alongside a known drug user and, suspecting a drug deal was about to take place, stopped the vehicle and detained the occupants – Welsford and a woman in her 40s – for a stop-search.

In the car they found Ziplock bags containing more than £1,600 worth of cocaine hidden under the gearstick and handbrake covering, as well as empty Ziplock bags in the driver’s door pocket.

Welsford was arrested and a search of his home in nearby Hunsbury Close was carried out where officers found a bag containing £1,770 in cash in the kitchen.

Lee Welsford, jailed, and photographs of drugs and cash seized by Cambridgeshire police.

Photo of drugs seized by Cambridgeshire police

Lee Welsford, jailed, and photographs of drugs and cash seized by Cambridgeshire police.

Photo of cash seized by Cambridgeshire police.

Analysis of his mobile phone revealed messages confirming Welsford was actively involved in the supply of cocaine.

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He appeared at Cambridge Crown Court last Thursday where he was sentenced to three years and eight months in prison after previously pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine and possession of criminal property – namely cash.

He denied a charge of being concerned in the supply of cocaine which will lie on file.

His sentence also includes the activation of a previously suspended jail term issued in November 2022 after being convicted of being concerned in the supply of cocaine, possession of criminal property (cash) and possession with intent to supply cocaine, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and etizolam.

Detective Constable Thomas Adams, who investigated, said: “Despite being given a second chance after his previous conviction, Welsford hasn’t learnt his lesson and was caught with a significant amount of class A drugs and cash again.

Lee Welsford, jailed, and photographs of drugs and cash seized by Cambridgeshire police.

Lee Welsford, jailed, and photographs of drugs and cash seized by Cambridgeshire police.

“Tackling drug dealing is a priority for the force, we are relentless and will do all we can to catch and disrupt those who choose to be involved in this type of crime.”

Anyone with information or concerns about drugs can report to police online via the dedicated drugs information webpage.

 

 

 

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