Dealer chewed up SIM card during raid

A drug dealer snatched the SIM card from his phone and chewed it in his mouth as police raided his home.

Thursday, 22nd December 2016, 2:45 pm
Updated Thursday, 29th December 2016, 2:58 pm
Samuel Howarth

Samuel Howarth, 29, of, Wolseley Road, Preston, has been jailed for three years at Preston Crown Court for a string of drug offences.

Howarth, wearing an Adidas jumper, was watched by his mum and other relatives in the public gallery as the court heard a warrant was executed at Longbutts in Penwortham, where he lived with his girlfriend, in March.

Recorder Michelle Brown said: “When police arrested you, you took out a SIM card from your phone, put it in your mouth and chewed it to destroy the evidence.

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“However enough phones and text messages were recovered which clearly demonstrated dealing going back to 2015.

“You are a street dealer funding at the very least your own habit, which means you intended to make a gain.

“I note in this matter you deliberately tried to destroy evidence against you.”

In the main bedroom police found skunk cannabis with a potential value of £970 and £1,350, together with plastic bags and weighing scales.

There were also 10 cannabis plants that were “potentially viable but immature”.

On top of his fridge 26 snaps bags, containing cocaine with a value of £650 were found, and police found five further snap bags with a value of about £125 in his car outside.

Howarth admitted possessing cocaine with intent to supply, producing cannabis, possessing cannabis with intent to supply and obstructing a PC

Defending, Darren Lee Smith said he had become drug free and had made attempts to improve his life.

A Proceeds of Crime Act hearing will take place on April 21.