Appeal court slashes Stevenage heroin smuggler’s sentence by nearly 25 per cent

Byron Thomas had his sentence reduced to seven years at an appeal court today.

Byron Thomas had his sentence reduced to seven years at an appeal court today. - Credit: Archant

An appeal court has reduced a Stevenage drug smuggler who imported heroin with a street value of £32,000 jail sentence by almost 25 per cent.

Byron Thomas had his nine-year sentence, handed to him at Cambridge Crown Court in February, reduced to seven years at the Court of Criminal Appeal in London today.

The 40-year-old was arrested in August last year at a flat in Penn Road, Stevenage, after a package containing 321g of heroin was intercepted by police at London Stansted Airport.

The drugs were identified by Border Force officers at the airport in a FedEx package and an undercover operation by Herts police officers led to Thomas, of Cricket Road in Oxford, being arrested in Stevenage, where numerous drug related items were found.

He was charged with the importation and supply of heroin and was found guilty of both charges following a trial at Cambridge Crown Court on February 12.

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