Dealer sold drugs from garden shed

A Norfolk drugs dealer who used his garden shed as a base to deal drugs including cocaine and heroin was last night starting a six-year jail sentence. Unemployed Michael Wells, 40, even had the shed at his home in Turbus Road, King's Lynn, fitted out with security cameras so he could view anyone calling at his address, Norwich Crown Court heard.

A Norfolk drugs dealer who used his garden shed as a base to deal drugs including cocaine and heroin was last night starting a six-year jail sentence.

Unemployed Michael Wells, 40, even had the shed at his home in Turbus Road, King's Lynn, fitted out with security cameras so he could view anyone calling at his address, Norwich Crown Court heard.

But his operation was smashed when Norfolk police raided his home in November last year - despite him trying to dump seven wraps of cocaine through a gap in the shed.

Police also found £1981 hidden under a trap door in the shed and later recovered a shotgun from the scene.

The court heard that Wells had a number of previous convictions including one for robbery and possessing a firearm with intent.

Wells admitted possessing cocaine and heroin and amphetamines with intent to supply and possession of a firearm when prohibited.

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Christopher Morgan, prosecuting, said that police recovered cocaine with a street value of £127; amphetamines with a street value of £984 and heroin with a street value of about £1010.

Mr Morgan said that Wells was above the usual street dealer.

"This shed was being used by this defendant Wells to prepare cocaine and heroin for street deals and there he would deal in safety.

"He had installed within the shed a monitor which acted as a security camera to give a view of those calling at his address."

Neil FitzGibbon, for Wells, said: "It was a relatively small quantity of illicit drugs."

He said Wells was a drug addict and was dealing to feed his own addiction.