Man jailed over drugs offences

A New Mills man has been jailed for two years for drugs and money laundering offences.

Stuart Gregory was given 16 months in prison for concealing criminal property, 16 months concurrent for possessing cannabis with the intent to supply and 16 months concurrent for supplying the same drug.

He was also given eight months for a separate count of possessing cannabis with the intent to supply.

Local police had intelligence to suggest 49-year-old Gregory was dealing drugs in the community and officers worked to gather the evidence needed to secure a conviction.

Police executed a warrant at Gregory’s house, in High Hill Road, New Mills, on January 6 last year, finding cannabis.

He was arrested again when officers conducted a second warrant at the house on August 22 last year, discovering more of the drug.

The charge of concealing criminal property relates to Gregory’s high-value car, which police believe was bought with the proceeds of his crimes.

High Peak and Derbyshire Dales Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Meadows said: “We knew that Gregory was regularly dealing drugs from the address and that people were coming and going from the property at all times of the day and night, causing a nuisance for local residents.

“We gathered intelligence and took action against Gregory, which has now culminated in this successful sentence.”

DCI Meadows added: “Officers have also supported High Peak Community Housing in their decision to have Gregory evicted from the house.

“I hope the community of High Hill Road now find the area a more pleasant, safer place to live because of his conviction.”

DCI Meadows urged anyone with information about drugs in their community to call police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Gregory appeared at 
Derby Crown Court on February 15.

He pleaded guilty to all of the charges against him.