Two men from Bath have been jailed after admitting to supplying class A drugs, with one of them also sentenced for modern-day slavery offences involving a 15-year-old boy.
23-year-old Solomon Brown, of Snow Hill in Bath, was sentenced on Friday 17th February at Bristol Crown Court for being concerned in the supply of class A drugs, namely heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine and for acquiring and possessing criminal property.
Brown has additionally sentenced for two modern-day slavery offences of requiring a person to perform forced or compulsory labour and arranging or facilitating the travel of another person with the view of exploitation.
He was also sentenced for possession with intent to supply cannabis and being in possession of an offensive weapon in a private place.
Brown was jailed for six-and-a-half years and was handed a seven-year Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Order (STPO).
The terms of the order include strict conditions on his access to a mobile phone, prevent him from arranging travel or accommodation for any person under the age of 18 except for immediate family members and bans him from having unsupervised contact with a juvenile.
A second man, Aaron Gardiner, 21, of The Oval in Bath, was also handed a custodial sentence of three years and four months to be served at a young persons’ institution for being concerned in the supply of class A drugs, namely heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine and for acquiring and possessing criminal property.
The charges come after a series of simultaneous warrants carried out on Tuesday 15th November in Snow Hill.
Several people, including Brown and Gardiner, were arrested as part of the warrant.
Following the warrants, evidence was found that proved Brown had been exploiting others to deal drugs for him.
This included a 15-year-old boy trafficked to Bath from elsewhere in the country. The victim was held in servitude to deal drugs for the drug line.
The child was safeguarded and offered support throughout the investigation.
Brown also had multiple weapons in his possession, including machetes and knuckle dusters.
At Gardiner’s address, a large volume of cash and drugs were seized.
In total, officers seized £1,020 of crack cocaine, £510 of heroin, £6,410 of cocaine and almost £10,000 in cash.
Five other individuals linked to the case were arrested and some remain under investigation.
Officer in the case, PC Christopher Cook, said: “Exploiting children to sell drugs is disgraceful. We can never fully understand the significant impact these events have had on the young person.
“We welcome the court’s decision to impose the STPO on Brown and this will stop him from putting another child at risk to benefit his own agenda once he is released.
“The sentence handed to Brown and Gardiner reflects the magnitude of the crimes they have committed, and I would like to think the length of the sentences received will resonate with those involved or about to become involved in drug supply.
“I hope the community of Snow Hill see the impact of the action taken to tackle drug supply in the area.
“I would like to encourage the public to continue supplying the police with information to assist us in tackling county lines and drug supply within the other communities in Avon and Somerset.”