A man from Eastbourne has been sentenced to 41 months’ imprisonment, after pleading guilty to drug offences.
Peter Pollard, of Barcombe Close, initially pleaded not guilty to charges of being concerned in the supply of cannabis, possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and possession with intent to supply heroin, but changed his plea during his trial at Hove Crown Court.
On Thursday, November 3, the 49-year-old was sentenced to 38 months in prison for the cocaine and heroin charges, with an additional three-month sentence for the cannabis to run consecutively.
Pollard was arrested on September 9, 2021, in Langney Road following complaints of anti-social behaviour in the area.
Officers found Pollard making an exchange with another man and he was subsequently searched. He was found to be carrying cocaine and heroin. He was also found to have £400 on him. A set of scales and a craft knife were also found in his car, which were seized along with the drugs. Pollard was interviewed and released under investigation.
On June 11, 2022, while already now charged with the above, Pollard was arrested once more for possession with intent to supply. He was remanded in custody and a further charge was added to the trial, which, as previously mentioned, did not conclude due to Pollard changing his plea to guilty.
Inspector Rachel Barrow, from the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team, said of this conviction: “Peter Pollard was found in possession of Class A drugs that he intended to sell on into our communities. The quick thinking of our officers who responded to a report of anti-social behaviour has led to another drug dealer being removed from our streets.
“We remain committed to protecting the people of Sussex from the harm that drugs can cause and working with our partners and other external agencies to stop the supply of drugs into our communities whilst trying to help vulnerable users, offering support as well as enforcement of the law.”
Information regarding drugs can be reported to Sussex Police anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org, or by calling 0800 555 111.