A trafficking in illicit drugs was found snoozing in an armchair by officers – after falling asleep through a police drug raid on his home.
Tommy Aldridge was sent cage after the search was discovered getting messages linking him to the supply of heroin, cocaine and improvised weapons earlier this year.
Despite attempting to distance himself from his criminal past, Aldridge was sucked back into the world of drug dealing and once again became a target of the police.
Officers from Op Raptor South entered a house on Arundel Road, Wickford, following concerns that the home of a vulnerable person had been taken by drug dealers on Aug. 2.
Inside, they found Aldridge sleeping in an armchair. Directly in front of him on a table were two mobile phones, a knife, a sock with golf balls inside, scales and other drug paraphernalia.
Both phones, a Nokia and a Motorola, were found to be active drug lines and used in dispensing crack cocaine and heroin.
The investigating officer confirmed that Nokia had contacted the drug users recently three and a half hours before officers entered the property.
The messages are also named ‘Tommy’ as the sender.
Aldridge was re -convicted in Basildon Crown Court on Friday (October 8).
Judge Cohen said: “You pleaded with two things concerned with the supply of drugs, heroin and cocaine.
“You’re addicted to drugs, even if you’re clean you’re still addicted.
“You will have a lifelong battle to stay sober. You will always need the support of your father and family.
“You are taking, I was told, reasonable steps in your suspended sentence for April last year in connection with having the intent to provide drugs.
“But things got tough, your mother was attacked, and you became very fast being dragged back into the world of drugs.
“When the police raided your address you were already asleep, asleep by the police raiding your area.
“Your desk where you were sitting had a phone for dealing with drugs and a knife to cut drugs and a golf ball in a sock, which is definitely a weapon. Where there are drugs there is also violence. people who sell drugs need to protect their stock. “
The judge accepted that Aldridge was not the man in charge of the drug operation, but was involved in providing the supply chain of the “significant” operation.
Aldridge received three years and one month in prison for two counts of possession of a Class A drug.
Judge Cohen added: “It won’t be easy when you come out but your life is in your hands, not someone else’s.
“You have a family that cares about you, and wants to help you cope with it.”
PC Dan Onley, of Op Raptor South, said: “Aldridge didn’t know, we had all the information we needed to convict him before we even arrested him in Wickford in August.
“The case we have against him is so huge, he has no choice but to admit his guilt.
“Aldridge is still young, and he has time to take his life back and give him the support to do that if he wants to.
“I hope he’s using his time in prison to re -evaluate his life plans. Selling drugs in Essex doesn’t pay off.”