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Cocaine dealer jailed after being caught selling drugs in Rugby

Rugby Editorial 19th Jul, 2023   0

A COCAINE and cannabis dealer has been jailed after police spotted him selling drugs in Rugby.

Reece Brightwell, 30, of Park Road, has been jailed for four years and one month after being arrested during a proactive policing operation targeting drug dealing.

He was sentenced at Warwick Crown Court after admitting charges of possession of cocaine with intent to supply, being concerned in the supply of cannabis, and possession of an offensive weapon in a private place.

He was jailed for four years for these offences, and received an additional month in prison for a breach of a suspended sentence order.

Brightwell was arrested after plain clothed officers from Rugby Proactive CID spotted him dealing drugs from his car in Abbey Street. They stopped the car a short time later in Oxford Street where they seized drugs, cash, and a phone.

A search of his home and another house in which he regularly resided in Gilbert Avenue led to the seizure of more drugs as well as two knuckledusters and two swords.

Analysis of Brightwell’s phone found evidence of drug dealing going back several months.

Investigating officer Det Cons Chris Batchelder from Rugby Proactive CID said: “The damage caused by the illegal drugs is far reaching. Drug dealers cynically target some of the most vulnerable members of society.

“We will continue to work to make Rugby as hostile as possible for people who want to deal drugs and we’d like to hear from anyone who has suspicions about drug dealing in their area.

“If you’re worried about a someone being exploited by drug dealers, please report it and we can help protect them.”

Visit or call 101 to report information, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Call 999 if someone is in immediate danger.


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