“Prolific and busy” cocaine dealer jailed

A “prolific and busy” cocaine dealer from Navenby was brought to justice after drugs were found on him when he was arrested following a nightclub assault.

Jailed for 30 months, drug dealer Matthew Thompson of Navenby. Photo: Lincs Police EMN-211106-162530001

Lincoln Crown Court was told today (Friday) that Matthew Thompson had two wraps of cocaine on him when he was searched following the incident at Krystals Nightclub on Park Street, Lincoln on October 7, 2019.

Thompson, 42, of Doncaster Gardens, Navenby, admitted supplying cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to supply, possession of criminal property and possession of amounts of cannabis and cocaine for personal use. He was jailed for 30 months.

Joey Kwong, prosecuting, said police told Thompson his home at Navenby was to be searched and he admitted drugs would be found in the boot of his car.

Officers found 35.5g of cocaine with a street value of £2,800 in the vehicle.

Police also found drug dealing paraphernalia and three notepads which contained dealer lists.

Mr Kwong said “His mobile phone was interrogated and over a three week period there were messages showing he was concerned in the supply of cocaine.

“Over 3,500 text messages related to drug dealing. There was an advert sent to 43 contacts that he was open for business.

“There was a message from a father telling the defendant not to sell drugs to his adult daughter who was struggling with drug addiction.

“The defendant was a prolific and very busy supplier.”

The court was told that he was dealt with at a previous hearing for an offence of battery arising from the original incident at the nightclub.

Judge Simon Hirst, passing sentence, told him: “You made substantial amounts of money out of this. It was a very significant enterprise. You were a prolific source of drugs for a large number of customers.”

Vaneeta Sharma, in mitigation, said that since Thompson was arrested he has sought to turn his life around and has given up drugs.

She told the court that Thompson has suffered from mental health problems for a number of years and had suffered traumatic experiences during his life.

“He was glad that he had been arrested. 2019 was a wake-up call for him and he has since sought to change his life. He has taken steps to get himself out of a very dark place.”