Peter Walsh, Crime correspondent
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Two Norwich men who were involved in the supply of “high purity cocaine” from Nottingham to Norfolk have been for a total of more than seven years.
Rochel Garraway, 33, and Neil Stowe, 42, appeared at Norwich Crown Court yesterday to be sentenced after both admitted their part in the supply of class A drugs on December 28 last year.
Garraway, whose address held by the court was Romany Road, Norwich, who previously admitted possession of 278.51grams of cocaine with intent to supply and another count of possession of cocaine was jailed for 75 months (six years three months)
His co-defendant Stowe, whose address held by the court is Ashby Street, Norwich, previously admitted being concerned in the supply of class A drugs and was jailed for 18 months.
Sentencing them Recorder Katharine Moore, said the offences involved the “regional importation of high purity cocaine from Nottingham to Norfolk”.
She said the potential total value of the cocaine, once cut down, was between £44, 500 and £56,000.
Lindsay Cox, prosecuting, said at about9.50pm on December 28 last year a police officer on patrol on A17 saw a black BMW car “travelling at speed” towards King’s Lynn.
Police got the car, being driven by Stowe, to pull over and discovered Garraway was a front seat passenger.
The officer found in the glove box a plastic carrier bag containing a “significant quantity” of a white substance later found to be 278g of cocaine with an 81pc purity.
The wholesale value of drugs of this quantity would be around £15 to £20, 000 but once diluted certainly in excess of £44,500.
The defendants were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent.
Stowe initially said he knew nothing about the bag and had bought the car three weeks before.
Garraway was searched and found to be in possession of of .61g of cocaine.
He also had a couple of phones, £688 in cash and a bag with £2, 437 written on it.
Officers also found a further small quantity of cocaine in the car itself, worth about £24 as well as a receipt for a cocaine purity testing kit.
When interviewed Stowe said Garraway, who the prosecution put as playing a leading role, was a friend who had telephoned him to ask if he would drive him to Nottingham to visit friends and family.
He agreed and was to get petrol money. He took Garraway to Nottingham and they returned to Norwich after about an hour.
He said did not know why Garraway wanted to go to Nottingham to visit his family and pleaded guilty on the basis that he was paid to provide “transit”.
Mr Cox said he was “essentially the driver for the purpose of the trip to collect the drugs”.
Andrew Cogan, in mitigation for Garraway, said : “He was acting as a courier to bring the drugs back from Nottingham to Norwich.”
He said had a “significant” rather than leading role and deserved credit for his plea.
John Farmer, mitigating for Stowe, said his client was in a “lesser role” and was entitled to credit for plea which he entered on the basis he was the driver.
He was also ordered to forfeit his car to Norfolk Constabulary.