Southampton drug dealer Matthew Burgess jailed after selling heroin to Hampshire Police officer

Matthew Burgess

Matthew Burgess

First published in News

A SOUTHAMPTON man, jailed for two years for supplying heroin to an undercover police officer, had been used by a gang to do their dirty work for them, said a judge.

Matthew Burgess was arrested after supplying drugs to the officer deployed in a crackdown on drug networks operating in the city as part of an intelligence- led operation.

Prosecutor Gavin Sumpter told the city Crown Court how in a week the officer made three test purchases of heroin from Burgess operating as a runner for the AZ network.

He later told police he had lost his methadone prescription and he was given heroin in lieu of payment.

Burgess, 39, of Southampton Street, Southampton, admitted three supply charges.

In mitigation for Burgess, who had 21 previous convictions, Berenice Mulvaney said that he had suffered from a long-standing addiction and all his offending was related to it. He was now tackling his habit with a drug rehabilitation team.

Passing sentence, Judge Peter Henry told him: “I accept you were put under pressure to supply drugs but you funded your addiction in that way.

“People must realise that if they fall into that temptation, they are making the work of gangs easier and the supply of drugs on to the streets easier.”

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11:47am Fri 7 Feb 14

likewatchingbrazil says...

shame he can't be put down, he is of no use to this world.
shame he can't be put down, he is of no use to this world. likewatchingbrazil
  • Score: 5

12:20pm Fri 7 Feb 14

bigfella777 says...

His face is a perfect advert for say no to drugs
His face is a perfect advert for say no to drugs bigfella777
  • Score: 5

12:23pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Shoong says...

likewatchingbrazil wrote:
shame he can't be put down, he is of no use to this world.
Not even compost..?
[quote][p][bold]likewatchingbrazil[/bold] wrote: shame he can't be put down, he is of no use to this world.[/p][/quote]Not even compost..? Shoong
  • Score: 0

2:41pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Big Mac says...

I think it's a great idea to confiscate their teeth too. Serves him right.
I think it's a great idea to confiscate their teeth too. Serves him right. Big Mac
  • Score: 2

2:44pm Fri 7 Feb 14

hulla baloo says...

21 previous convictions and still walking the streets. Gee
21 previous convictions and still walking the streets. Gee hulla baloo
  • Score: 3

3:50pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Huey says...

Who melted his face? No wonder he wanted to get off his head all the time.
Who melted his face? No wonder he wanted to get off his head all the time. Huey
  • Score: 2

4:40pm Fri 7 Feb 14

wilsoncastaway says...

With a face like a McDonalds hash brown.
With a face like a McDonalds hash brown. wilsoncastaway
  • Score: 1

5:09pm Fri 7 Feb 14

gilbertratchet says...

likewatchingbrazil wrote:
shame he can't be put down, he is of no use to this world.
Nonsense. The drug dealers found him incredibly useful. What have YOU contributed to the illicit drugs trade, then, big shot? Oh, wait....
[quote][p][bold]likewatchingbrazil[/bold] wrote: shame he can't be put down, he is of no use to this world.[/p][/quote]Nonsense. The drug dealers found him incredibly useful. What have YOU contributed to the illicit drugs trade, then, big shot? Oh, wait.... gilbertratchet
  • Score: -4

11:09am Tue 4 Mar 14

topdog1946 says...

THIS CRETIN SUPPLIED HEROIN TO MY SON.
HE SADLY PASSED AWAY 12 HOURS LATER !
HOPE HE ROTS IN HELL
THIS CRETIN SUPPLIED HEROIN TO MY SON. HE SADLY PASSED AWAY 12 HOURS LATER ! HOPE HE ROTS IN HELL topdog1946
  • Score: 1

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