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Two Sentenced After Police Catch Drug Deal in Guildford

Published on: 28 Jul, 2020
Updated on: 30 Jul, 2020

Wesley Dawson

In April, officers on routine patrol in Burpham saw a Toyota pull into a bus-stop and occupants passed drugs to a group behaving anti-socially.

The Toyota was stopped and the occupants searched. Wesley Dawson was found with 6g of crack cocaine and 8g of heroin. The driver, Michael Giandoni, had a burner phone with messages implicating him in the supply of class A drugs.

Both pleaded guilty at Guildford Crown Court. Dawson, 33, of Aiten Place, Hammersmith, was jailed for 28 months and Giandoni, 55, of Acland Street, Aldershot, was sentenced to 20 months, suspended for 12 months with a three month electronically monitored curfew. He was also ordered to attend 10 rehabilitation sessions

PC Luke Lightburn, the investigator, said: “This is the outcome of proactive police work, which just shows lockdown doesn’t stop criminals from offending, but it also doesn’t stop us from being able to do our job.

“A large amount of drugs has been taken off the street of Surrey, along with the person who was supplying them, which is a great result.”

If you have information about suspected drug-dealing or crime in your area, please contact police on 101. If you don’t want to speak to police, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. You could earn a reward.

The signs of potential drug-dealing:

• Lots of visitors, who don’t stay very long, arriving at all times of the day and night;

• People waiting in cars outside properties exchanging small packets or cash;

• Lots of visitors bringing items such as TVs or bikes but leaving empty-handed; and

• Lone/vulnerable neighbours suddenly having groups of young men living at their address.

What police want to know:

• Time, date and place;

• Vehicle registrations and the make, model and colour;

• Descriptions of people and details of what they were doing;

• Direction they travelling to and from; and

• How many times you have seen them and is it always at the same time of day?

Don’t put yourself at risk. Always pass the information to the police and do not confront or approach suspected drug-dealers

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