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DEALER JAILED: Hemel Hempstead drug dealer sentenced to four years

 Published on: 10th June 2020   |   By: Court Reporter   |   Category: Uncategorized

A footballer who was caught dealing heroin and crack cocaine in Hemel Hempstead was jailed for four years and four months today (Wednesday, June 10).

Craige Tomkins, 31, who is also a coach, had hidden wraps of the class A drugs in Kinder Eggs secreted down his underpants.

In court today Tomkins, a lower league player, tried to make out he had been put under pressure to work for a drug dealer who he was in debt having borrowed money from the man to pay for his daughter’s private nursery.

But after hearing his account at Luton Crown Court, Judge Lynn Tayton QC said she didn’t believe his explanations.

Tomkins, of Verney Street, Neasden, pleaded guilty to four charges of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply.

Prosecutor Daniel Siong said it was on September 3, 2018 that the police’s attention was drawn to Tomkins, who was in a black BMW parked in a lay-by in Hemel Hempstead.

They then followed the car to West Herts College, where the defendant was stopped by the officers.

He had on him £610 and a total of four mobile phones were found in the vehicle.

He was arrested and taken into custody and it was during a strip search that police found two Kinder Eggs secreted behind the defendant’s scrotum which contained scores of wraps of Class A drugs worth £1,310.

Judge Tayton was told Tomkins was released on bail, but on the afternoon of November 8 that same year he came to the attention of police officers yet again.

This time he was in an Audi TT in Breakspear Way in Hemel Hempstead.

He was detained by the officers and they found £370 on him, along with a further sum of £500 in an envelope with his name on.

Once more officers found wraps of class A drugs hidden in two Kinder Eggs intimately hidden and with a street value of £1,130.

He claimed the money related to wages from playing football and working as a coach.

Mr Siong said when the phones found with Tomkins were examined by police, they discovered text messages which indicated he was dealing in drugs.

Tomkins was jailed for a total of four years and four months.

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