Plymouth drug dealers jailed for more than 11 years for £50k stash
TWO men who plotted together to deal cocaine and amphetamine have been jailed for a total of 11 years for "profiting from the misery" of addicts.
Wayne Sandercock, the mastermind of the operation, and courier Simon Payne were arrested after police seized drugs worth almost £50,000 from a lock-up in Whitleigh.
Officers also found a stun gun and an extendable baton when they raided the garage rented by 38-year-old Sandercock in Taunton Avenue in May 2010, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
They seized 836 grams of cocaine worth about £33,500 and 1.6 kilograms of amphetamine worth £16,000.
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Father-of-six Sandercock, of Southway Drive, and 39-year-old Payne, of Fountains Crescent, Pennycross, had both earlier admitted conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs between December 2009 and May 2010.
Judge Paul Darlow jailed Sandercock for eight years and six months and Payne, who has four children, for two years and nine months.
"You have profited from the misery of addiction of others, which causes the destruction of the person and indeed family and everything about their lives," he told them.
Mary McCarthy, for the Crown Prosecution Service, told the court how police had begun surveillance of Payne in December 2009.
She said officers watched him making several visits to a garage which was rented by Sandercock.
Police raided the garage and the pair's homes on May 26, 2010.
They found the drugs in a locked yellow metal toolbox bolted to the floor of the lock-up, the court heard.
Miss McCarthey added that Payne's fingerprints were on some of the plastic wrapping, while Sandercock's left thumbprint was on a strip of wire ties on the floor near the toolbox.
Miss McCarthy said Sandercock was the "mastermind" of the operation and messages about drug-dealing were found on some of several mobile phones he had.
Nick Lewin, for Sandercock, said he had stayed out of trouble for two years and had no further involvement with drugs.
He said that he doted over his wife and two children and he thanked the judge for allowing him out on bail pending sentence so he could explain to them what would happen.
Piers Norsworthy, for Payne, said he had pleaded guilty in April 2011 and had been waiting for 18 months for sentence.
He said he had no previous convictions for drugs but had fallen in with Sandercock after a couple of bereavements in the family and losing his job.
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