THREE drug dealers have been jailed for a total of 11 years after 150 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine were found in a Boscombe flat.

Thomas Dowell, aged 25 and of Malmesbury Park Road, Bournemouth, Devlyn Jose, 50 and of Aylesbury Road, Bournemouth, and Paul Stuart Strand, 45 and of Bournemouth Road, Poole, were sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday September 6 after being found guilty of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

Dowell was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison, Strand was jailed for four years and Jose received a four-and-a-half-year jail term for the drug offences.

Jose was also sentenced to a further 18 months for a burglary offence and Strand received an additional 12-month sentence for theft and burglary offences.

At around 8pm on Saturday July 1 2017 an officer was on patrol in the area of Walpole Road in Boscombe when he witnessed a man believed to be involved in the supply of drugs.

This man, who was later confirmed as Paul Strand, was stopped by the officer and detained in The Crescent.

As he was detained, the officer saw Strand drop a wrap from his left hand and he recovered the wrap, which contained suspected class A drugs.

Strand was also seen to drop a set of house keys and following the arrest officers carried out a search of the address that the keys were from in Aylesbury Road.

Jose was the occupant of the flat and Dowell was also present.

The search recovered around 150 wraps containing heroin and crack cocaine.

Sergeant Ashley White, of the Bournemouth East Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We are committed to working with our partners and local communities to tackle the supply of drugs in our area.

“Through our proactive patrols in this case we were able to identify a number of individuals involved in the drug supply chain and bring them before the court.

“I would urge anyone with information about suspected drug related activity to contact at, via email or by calling 101.”