Chester drug dealer jailed for more than three years Date published: 2nd September 2019 1.45pm

A man who was caught dealing drugs in Chester on two separate occasions has been jailed.

Philip Barlow, of Wordsworth Crescent, Chester, appeared at Chester Crown Court on Friday 30 August, where he was sentenced to three years and four months in prison.

The 19-year-old had earlier pleaded guilty to four counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

The case against Barlow began on Thursday 3 January when he was spotted dealing drugs in Leadworks Lane, Chester, by plain clothes officers.

Upon being searched by officers he was found to be in possession of more than £400 worth of illegal drugs, which were hidden in his pocket and in a plastic Kinder Egg shell.

This included £350 worth of heroin, £30 worth of crack cocaine and a small quantity of cannabis.

Barlow was arrested at the scene and questioned about the drugs whilst in police custody.

He refused to answer any of the questions and was released under investigation while officers examined the drugs and checked his mobile phone for evidence of drug dealing activity.

Despite the fact that he was being investigated by officers, Barlow decided to continue his criminal activities and was arrested again on Monday 29 July after being spotted acting suspiciously in Western Way, Blacon.

On that occasion he was found to be in possession of more than £500 worth of illegal drugs, including heroin (£210) and cocaine (£330).

Once again Barlow refused to answer any questions put to him by officers.

However, as a result of all the evidence gathered against him, he was subsequently charged with drug dealing offences.

After Barlow was jailed for those offences, Police Constable Richard Connelley, of Chester Local Policing Unit, said: “Class A drugs have a hugely detrimental impact on our communities. They cause widespread misery and removing those involved in drug dealing from our city and the rest of Cheshire and cities is of paramount importance.

“I hope that the sentence handed to Barlow reaffirms the message that drug dealing in Chester and the wider Cheshire area will not be tolerated.

“I also hope that it deters others from getting involved in the supply of illegal drugs.”

Residents are urged to report drug dealing by calling Cheshire Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Information can also be provided by emailing https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries .