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Eastbourne drug dealers each jailed for 45 months

News   •   Aug 08, 2019 13:12 BST

Left: Samuel Perdomo Right: Thomas Fear

Two Eastbourne men who used a seafront hotel room to deal drugs have each been jailed for three years and nine months.

Samuel Alberto Perdomo, 26, a window cleaner, of Walsingham Close, Eastbourne, and Thomas Paul Fear, 24, unemployed, of Marine Parade, Eastbourne, were sentenced by His Honour Judge Stephen Mooney at Lewes Crown Court on Monday, 5 August.

Perdomo pleaded guilty to being concerned in supplying Class A drugs, cocaine and MDMA (Ecstasy), and possessing class B cannabis with intent to supply.

He denied possessing heroin, cocaine and MDMA with intent to supply and the judge ordered that these should lie on file.

Fear pleaded guilty to possessing heroin and MDMA with intent to supply, and being concerned in supplying cocaine.

He denied possessing cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply and again these were ordered to lie on file.

Concurrent sentences totalling 45 months' imprisonment were imposed on both men, and each was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170.

An order was made for the destruction of all drugs, mobile phones and drugs paraphernalia seized by police.

And Fear was ordered to forfeit £1249.50 cash found and confiscated by police.

No evidence was offered against a third defendant, Shannon Elisha Mann, 21, of Royal Crescent, Eastbourne.

She denied possessing cocaine, heroin, MDMA and cannabis with intent to supply and was acquitted.

Following the case, Inspector Rachel Barrow, said: "This shows that those caught by police and convicted will find themselves facing significant custodial sentences, reflecting the bigger picture, threat, harm and risks involved when dealing Class A drugs.

"Perdomo and Fear set up a 'one stop' drug shop from a local hotel but have now been brought to justice following their arrests in April."

Insp Barrow hoped the case would reassure local businesses, residents, visitors and politicians that police were determined to pursue those dealing drugs in the town.

Information about reducing harm caused by drugs in the community can be found here