Community thanked as Winchester drug dealers are jailed

Drug dealers jailed

Matthew Finn.

Paul Smedley.

First published in News

TWO Winchester men have been jailed for drug dealing after local residents helped bring them to justice.

Paul Smedley, 34, and Matthew Finn, 24, both of Main Road, Otterbourne, were convicted of supplying crack cocaine and heroin.

Smedley was jailed for seven years following a trial at Winchester Crown Court and Finn, who pleaded guilty to the charges, was jailed for two years and six months.

Det Con Andy Spooner said: “I am extremely grateful to the local community for their help in bringing these two men to justice. We need members of the public to be our eyes and ears and report anything suspicious to us.

“The sentences given to these men should send out a clear message that drug dealers are not welcome in Winchester and those people involved will be dealt with appropriately, which could result in lengthy prison sentences.”

Hampshire-wide campaign Operation Fortress is dedicated to reducing drugrelated violence in local communities by targeting drug suppliers.

Operation Fortress is a campaign involving police and other agencies to reduce the harm of drug-related violence. One of the aims is to restrict the supply of drugs and officers are keen to hear from anyone who is concerned about illegal drugs or drug-related crime in their neighbourhood.

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