‘Wholesale’ drug dealer wins Appeal Court case

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A MAN jailed after being caught with thousands of pounds’ worth of amphetamine has had his sentence slashed.

Thomas Henry Andrews, aged 43, of Underwood Road, Woodseats, was jailed for seven years at Sheffield Crown Court June after admitting two counts of supplying the drug and two counts of possession with intent to supply.

But his sentence has now been cut on appeal by Lord Justice Moore-Bick, Mrs Justice Rafferty and Mr Justice Eder at London’s Court of Appeal.

“The appellant was clearly involved in the wholesale distribution of amphetamine on a considerable scale,” said Lord Justice Moore-Bick. However, he clearly was not at the top of the hierarchy.”

Andrews was caught after an investigation into several people suspected of smuggling and dealing large quantities of drugs.

In December 2008 he was observed taking part in a handover of drugs with other men in a Sheffield car park.

Police found him with almost five kilos of amphetamine, worth around £30,000 in his car. The following May, a police search revealed another five kilos of the drug, worth approximately £5,000.

In the meantime, he was twice caught selling drugs to an undercover police officer, known as ‘Jamie’.

Andrews will serve half of his new five-year sentence in custody before he can be released on licence after judges decided the penalty was too long.