TWO dealers discovered running a drug operation from a Thatcham hotel have been sentenced to more than seven years behind bars.
Police arrested Jamie Maslin, 28, and Christopher Grant, 25, in 2015 after police raided a Thatcham hotel finding the pair in possession of a horde of class A drugs and thousands of pounds in cash.
Maslin was then arrested for a second time after being found with a large quantity of drugs and cash while out on police bail.
Maslin, of Bourne Road, Thatcham, was sentenced to a total of four years' and six months' imprisonment for two counts of conspiracy to supply drugs, five counts of possession with intent to supply, and one count of possession of criminal property.
While Grant, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to three years' and four months' imprisonment on one count of conspiracy to supply drugs, one count of possession with intent to supply drugs, and one count of possession of criminal property.
Both men were sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Thursday (December 12) after pleading guilty to the offences at an earlier hearing.
At around 10.50pm on September 12 2015, officers attended a hotel in Thatcham after a report of drug dealing taking place there.
Maslin and Grant were arrested after being found in possession of MDMA, cocaine, ketamine and cannabis, with an estimated street value of £2,500. Officers also seized £2,225 in cash.
At around 12.40am on October 17 2015, officers attended a pub in Midgham, where Maslin was arrested after being found in possession of MDMA, cocaine and ketamine, with an estimated street value of £1,200. Officer seized £399.95 in cash. This was while on police bail for the other offences.
Both men were charged on 20 June 2016.
Investigating Officer, PC Jamie Hanks, based Newbury Police Station, said: "Maslin and Grant were clearly making a living from dealing both class A and class B drugs in the Newbury and Thatcham areas, motivated by the quick financial rewards.
"They were dealing drugs in public places with no regard to the impact on the community.
"This is a great result for the community and a reminder that police take a no nonsense approach to drug dealing, continuing to prosecute dealers and seize the proceeds of their criminal activities."
The Newbury Weekly News was in court for the sentencing so for all the details and the judges damning comments pick up your copy of the paper on Thursday.