Drug dealer arrested in shopping centre jailed for more than five years

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A drug dealer caught with heroin in police custody after being arrested in Birchwood Shopping Centre has been jailed for more than five years.

Conor Bassnett, aged 27, of Southwood Road in Liverpool, had 93 wraps of heroin worth an estimated £1,120 in his JD sports bag following a search by officers. Bassnett claimed the drugs were for his own personal use.

He had initially been arrested at Birchwood shopping centre in Warrington at 1.40pm on Friday 4 June following his arrest for an unrelated matter that he was subsequently not charged with.
Bassnett pleaded not guilty to possession with intent to supply heroin but was convicted by a jury following a two-day trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

He was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday 10 June to five years and six months imprisonment.

Detective Sergeant Tom Hall, of Warrington’s proactive team, said: “Unfortunately Bassnett is well known to police officers in Warrington due to his prolific offending. On this occasion, he was found to clearly be involved in the supply of class A drugs despite his claim the heroin was for his own personal use.

“Thankfully the jury could see this was a lie and he is now beginning his sentence in prison away from the streets of Warrington.”


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