Bristol people jailed for drug offences so far in 2022

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Some of the key benefits of open justice include ensuring public confidence and respect in democracy and the administration of justice, It also serves to deter people from committing crimes and thereby the details of those crimes becoming public knowledge.

Here are the people we reported on who were jailed for drug offences from January to May this year. You can read more about why we publish defendants’ names and addresses here.

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Lewis Campbell, three years and three months

Lewis Campbell

A complaint about a dog led to the discovery of cannabis being grown in Montpelier. Housing association staff visited the flat in Sussex Place after a report the pet bit someone at the property. Staff discovered Lewis Campbell had sub-let it from the tenant and was growing cannabis behind a false wall.

Police called in found Campbell in a car nearby with more drugs. Campbell, 39, of Boiling Wells Lane in Bristol, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis as well as possessing with intent to supply cannabis flowering head, cannabis resin, amphetamine and MDMA.

The recorder Mr Richard Smith QC jailed him for three years and three months.

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Steven Blackford, two years and two months

A drug dealer was stopped in his tracks. And it was thanks to his concerned family, a court heard.

The fact that Steven Blackford was under the influence of drugs, abusive and suicidal, prompted his sister to call police. And when officers arrived they found Blackford in possession of Class A drugs. The 21-year-old, of Parkers Avenue in Wick, pleaded guilty to possessing both cocaine and MDMA with intent to supply in November 2020.

He appeared at Bristol Crown Court for sentence. (April 14, 2022) Judge Mark Horton jailed him for two years and two months.

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Organised crime group, 25 years and three months

Stephens (left), Jordan (middle) and Antill (right) have been sentenced
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Three members of an organised crime group who used the encrypted messaging platform Encrochat to bring Class A drugs into Bristol and the South West were jailed. Jai Stephens, 35; David Antill, 56 and Hannah Jordan, 44, were sentenced at Bristol Crown Court (April 14, 2022) to a total of 25 years and three months.

They all admitted offences following a lengthy investigation by the police Complex Crime Unit which began in June 2020 after intelligence was supplied by the National Crime Agency.

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Kreshnik Kaloshi, nine months, and Olsi Hajrullahu, eight months

Olsi Hajrullahu and Kreshnik Kaloshi

A man and teenager caught tending a “cannabis factory” in Kingswood were jailed. The pair, both Albanian illegal immigrants, were found looking after 160 cannabis plants when police raided the converted house in Holly Hill Road in June last year. Kreshnik Kaloshi, 19, who was staying at the address, pleaded guilty to producing a Class B drug.

The same charge was admitted by Olsi Hajrullahu, 27, of no fixed abode. The recorder Mr David Chidgey sentenced Kaloshi to nine months’ youth detention and jailed Hajrullahu for eight months. He told them: “This was a significant cannabis set up.”

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Liam Banks, three years

Police who raided the address of a Marksbury man found he was dealing Class A drugs. And further investigation revealed he had been doing so since he was aged 16.

Liam Banks threw two containers out of the window when police executed a drugs search at a home in September 2020. It was found Banks had quantities of cocaine, MDMA and cannabis.

Banks, 22, now of Corston near Bath, pleaded guilty to possessing with intent to supply Class A and B drugs. He also admitted being concerned in the supply of Class A and B drugs. Charges spanned from February 2016 to September 2020.

The Recorder of Bristol His Honour Judge Peter Blair QC jailed him for three years. He conceded Banks had mental health difficulties, but told him: “You accept responsibility for you actions. This was a significant quantity of drugs and a significant period of time, done for financial advantage.”

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Warren Royal, eight years

Warren Royal

A Totterdown man who admits possessing drugs and weapons was jailed. Warren Royal, of Wycliffe Row, pleaded guilty to possessing with intent to supply Class A drug heroin and Class C drug diazepam on December 1 last year.

The 37-year-old also pleaded guilty to possessing a disguised firearm (Taser) and knuckle duster, on December 1 last year, as well as criminal property comprising of £2,209 cash. He denied handling 14 stolen Yankee Candles and a stolen pedal cycle and those pleas were accepted.

Judge Euan Ambrose jailed him for eight years. He told Royal: “The offences are interwoven, one aggravating the other.”

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Romaine Hyman, 26 years

Romaine Hyman, from Bath
Romaine Hyman, from Bath
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A man from Bath who organised the supply of at least £3million worth of cocaine to the South West and boasted to his contacts that his gun had “a silencer…the whole shebang” was jailed for 26 years. Romaine Hyman, 30, previously of Portland Place, Bath, was found guilty of 18 offences at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday (February 15) and was sentenced on February 18.

Hyman became a key target in a South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SW ROCU) investigation following Operation Venetic, the UK law enforcement response to the takedown of encrypted messaging service EncroChat.

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Thomas Trott, 20 months

Thomas Trott, 27
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A driver was jailed after colliding with an e-scooter rider in South Bristol. Thomas Trott, 27, failed to stop at a red light on Hartcliffe Way last May, and hit 20-year-old Jade Hodson-Walker as she rode an e-scooter over a pedestrian crossing.

Ms Hodson-Walker spent several months in hospital having suffered “potentially life-threatening” injuries, which police say continue to have a “profound” impact on her and her family. She continues to undergo treatment eight months later.

Trott, of Westbourne Road in Downend, was sentenced to 20 months in prison on January 18 at Bristol Crown Court, and has been disqualified from driving for three-and-a-half years after his release.

He was arrested at the scene last year and charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving with a proportion of specified controlled drug above the specified limit, and driving without insurance and possession of cannabis. He pleaded guilty to the charges.

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Michael Harkin, 36 months

Michael Harkin

A “menace on the streets” who assaulted paramedics and burgled an NHS building was jailed. Michael Harkin committed a spate of offences between May and November last year.

Bristol Crown Court heard that in two instances of disorder he bared his buttocks. The court was told he had 54 convictions for 120 previous offences.

Harkin, 32, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to two public order offences, two assaults on paramedics, criminal damage, possessing cannabis and two burglaries. Judge Julian Lambert jailed him for 36 months.

He told Harkin: “Much of your offending reflects a deep-seated addiction to drink. You are also a menace on the streets.”

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Nasir Ismail, two years and nine months

Nasir Ismail

Police who checked a car in Easton found a man with Class A drugs. Officers noticed the black BMW parked in the car park of Twinnell House, Easton.

When they searched passenger Nasir Ismail they found him with wraps of drugs as well as a basic mobile phone and £700 in cash. Ismail, 34, of Beaconsfield Close in Barton Hill, pleaded guilty to possessing heroin and crack cocaine as well as acquiring criminal property in November last year.

Judge Julian Lambert jailed him for two years and nine months. The judge said that when Ismail was given a suspended jail term in 2015, for supplying Class A drugs, he received a chance of a lifetime when he received a remarkably merciful sentence.

The judge told him: “From that experience you knew the risk you took if you came to deal Class A drugs. You are older but none the wiser.”

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Kyle Cox, three years and six months

Kyle Cox

A man was jailed for possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply. Police issued a public appeal to trace Kyle Cox, 23, of no fixed abode, after the court issued a warrant for his arrest in September 2021.

On January 25 he appeared before Bristol Crown Court and admitted committing the offences in April 2020 and was jailed for three years and six months. Cox was initially arrested by officers carrying out proactive plain clothes patrols to tackle drug dealing in Weston-super-Mare on 14 April 2020.

He was seen to discard a bag, seized by police, which contained wraps of the Class A drugs crack cocaine and heroin with an estimated street value of £440.

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