Dealer who delivered drugs to Norwich from London is jailed for three years
PUBLISHED: 07:43 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 07:43 25 September 2018
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A drug dealer from London who acted as a driver bringing heroin and cocaine to Norwich was arrested after he supplied an undercover police officer during a city-wide blitz on drugs dealing.
Michael Fowler-Nicholson, 24, was seen on four occasions as the driver of a hire car from which drugs were sold and on one occasion Fowler-Nicholson supplied drugs himself to the undercover officer “Tommo” as part of the six-month Operation Granary, which snared dozens of dealers, Norwich Crown Court heard.
Fowler-Nicholson claimed that he acted as a driver to pay off a drugs debt for cannabis.
Chris Youell, prosecuting, said the undercover officer identified Fowler-Nicholson as the driver of a Vauxhall car from which he had bought drugs in the Unthank Road area of Norwich.
Mr Youell said that Fowler-Nicholson was also the driver of the car when Tommo bought drugs 48 hours later from the Magdalen Road area and was spotted as the driver on two other occasions before he actually supplied Tommo himself with crack cocaine.
Fowler-Nicholson admitted supplying Class A drugs to Tommo between February 12 and March 5, this year, and was jailed for three years.
Judge Anthony Bate said that he was now the 36th defendant dealt with by him for Operation Granary.
He said he had played a “significant role” and said: “You drove on repeated occasions from London in a hire vehicle.”
He said the drugs were brought with him in the car and he had supplied drugs himself on one occasion.
He reinforced his message that anyone distributing Class A drugs in Norfolk can expect to be jailed and said that his offending was “too serious” to be dealt with in any other way.
Ria Banerjee, for Fowler-Nicholson, said that he was putting his time to good use while on remand and deserved credit for his plea.
She said that he had been put under pressure to act as a driver after running up a debt over his cannabis use.