St Ives cocaine dealer jailed for seven years

13:12 04 February 2014

John Morfitt

John Morfitt

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A man described by a judge as having had a “leading role” in drug dealing has been jailed for seven years.

Police raided John Morfitt’s home in Cootes Meadow, St Ives, in February 2012 as part of a drugs operation.

As the warrant was executed, Morfitt, 42, ran from the back of the property and threw a package containing 123 grams of cocaine over a hedge.

Tests revealed the drug had a purity level of 91 per cent and a potential street value of £61,000.

A further 202 grams of cutting agent Benzocaine were found, together with other class A, B and C drugs.

At Peterborough Crown Court last month, Morfitt admitted possession of the class A, B and C drugs found at his home but denied possession with intent to supply the 123 grams of cocaine.

However, on Wednesday (January 29) he was found guilty following a trial and was jailed by Judge Nic Madge, who said he had played a leading role in supplying drugs.

Detective Inspector Craig Harrison said: “Drug dealing is a scourge on society that fuels other serious crime including burglary, robbery and anti-social behaviour and we are committed to catching and putting before the courts those involved in it.

“The sentencing reflects the serious nature of this type of criminal business and the role Morfitt played within it.”

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