Stevenage heroin dealer jailed after £32k drug bust

Byron Thomas has been jailed for nine years for supplying heroin

Byron Thomas has been jailed for nine years for supplying heroin - Credit: Archant

A man has been found guilty of importing and supplying heroin.

Byron Thomas, 39, was arrested in August last year at a flat in Penn Road, Stevenage, after a package containing 321g of heroin, with a street value of £32,000, was intercepted at London Stansted Airport.

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

He was charged with the importation and supply of heroin.

Thomas, of Cricket Road in Oxford, was found guilty on both charges and was sentenced to nine years in prison at Cambridge Crown Court on Wednesday, February 12.

A second man was also arrested and charged in connection with the case and was found not guilty during the same trial.

Commenting on the case, Detective Chief Inspector Dave Newsome said: “This was an excellent example of partnership working and an excellent result. Not only have we intercepted and disrupted a drugs supply line, Thomas has received a substantial sentence which reflects his criminality.

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“We will continue our work in the fight against drugs crime in Stevenage and I hope this sends a clear message to those that deal in drugs.”