Kevin Blake allowed his flat in South View to be used for dealing heroin

Kevin Blake

David Reynolds

First published in News by , Senior Reporter

A HEROIN addict has been jailed for more than five years after his third conviction for dealing the Class A drug.

Kevin Blake was arrested after acting suspiciously with another man in the Oakridge area of Basingstoke on December 12 last year.

Officers searched the 33-year-old’s then address, in Vyne Road, South View, and found David Reynolds, a dealer from London, with £1,395 worth of heroin.

Winchester Crown Court heard that Blake was charged with being concerned in the supply of heroin while Reynolds was charged with possession of heroin with intent to supply.

The court heard that Blake would receive a mandatory seven-year sentence for what was his third conviction for drug trafficking – a sentence that could only be reduced by 20 per cent for an early guilty plea.

Handing Blake, who admitted the offence, a sentence of five years and eight months, Judge Keith Cutler said: “The provisions are there for the purpose of discouraging people to make sure they do not do it for a third time. You should not have been involved in letting Reynolds use your flat.”

Matthew Lawson, prosecuting, said officers arrested Blake when they thought they saw him exchanging something with another man in Oakridge.

They found £40 on him but no drugs, but when they searched his flat, they found a 2-3inch long wrap of heroin, as well as £295 and a several mobile phones.

Louisa Bagley, defending Blake, said he had met Reynolds that day and allowed his flat to be used as a drug-dealing base in exchange for heroin, but she added that Blake did not deal the drug.

She told the court that Blake, of no fixed abode, had been a heroin user for 20 years and said that his two previous convictions occur-red after he was caught out by undercover police officers posing as drug users.

John Evans, defending Reynolds, said he had come to Basingstoke to deal heroin to repay a debt. Reynolds, 21, of Croxford Road, London, also admitted the charge he faced at a previous hearing, and Judge Cutler jailed him for 30 months.

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10:57am Fri 4 Apr 14

JJ38JJ says...

This drug dealing business is obviously quite profitable and presumably tax free as well. I think I might take it up. But I'm obviously not stupid enough to get caught doing it three times. I hope I've earned enough money to just get caught twice and then retire.
This drug dealing business is obviously quite profitable and presumably tax free as well. I think I might take it up. But I'm obviously not stupid enough to get caught doing it three times. I hope I've earned enough money to just get caught twice and then retire. JJ38JJ
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11:13am Fri 4 Apr 14

Folkestone Saint says...

At last, a peddler of misery gets sent down for a what can only be described as decent length of time
At last, a peddler of misery gets sent down for a what can only be described as decent length of time Folkestone Saint
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12:33pm Mon 7 Apr 14

jonone says...

Surely he could have just said "I'm really sorry"....
Surely he could have just said "I'm really sorry".... jonone
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