Surrey Police

Woking drug dealer behind bars

News   •   Jun 28, 2019 15:54 BST

A Woking drug dealer is behind bars for three years and four months after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and cannabis at Guildford Crown Court last Thursday (20 June).

Joseph Smith, 30, of Bonsey Lane, Woking, was caught after he was spotted driving dangerously on the High Street in Old Woking shortly after 1am on 6 April.

Smith initially stopped for officers but drove off as they attempted to speak to him.

Police pursued Smith into Bridge Barn Lane, a dead end road, where he tried to escape on foot in the direction of Lockfield Drive.

Officers were able to catch up with him and he was arrested.

The car he was driving was searched and a large quantity of crack cocaine and cannabis was found under the back seat.

Investigating officer, PC Luke Lightburn said: “Smith pleading guilty was the right decision he could have made as the evidence against him was overwhelming.

“He tried to run from us and resist arrest but we caught him in the end, resulting in another drug dealer being taken off our streets.

“The battle against drug dealers is one that we will never give up on. We will seek to arrest them, charge them and put them before the courts.”

If you are concerned about drug use or drug dealing in your area, contact us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.

What are the signs of potential drug dealing?

- Lots of visitors, who don’t stay very long, arriving at all times of the day and night

- People waiting in cars outside particular properties exchanging small packets or cash

- Lots of visitors bringing items such as T.V's or bikes but leaving empty handed

- Lone/vulnerable neighbours suddenly having groups of young men living at their address.

What we want to know:

- Time, date and place

- Vehicle registrations and the make, model and colour

- Descriptions of people and details of what they were doing

- Direction they travelling to and from

- How many times you have seen them – is it always at the same time of day?

Don’t put yourself at risk while gathering this information. Please always pass the information to the police and do not confront or approach suspected drug dealers.