Newhaven man jailed following two-year investigation into drug supply in Seaford

A Newhaven man has been jailed for drug offences in Seaford after police conducted a two-year investigation into the supply of drugs in the area.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 1:02 pm
Updated Thursday, 13th May 2021, 5:20 pm
Harry Berry-Hill from Newhaven has been jailed

The investigation by the Lewes Neighbourhood Enforcement Team saw thousands of pounds worth of cash and drugs seized, including cocaine, MDMA and cannabis.

Harry Berry-Hill has been sentenced to four years in prison.

He was arrested on the A259 Denton roundabout on October 26, 2019, having been seen by officers to flee from the back seat of a vehicle that failed to stop for police in Seaford, said police.

The 20-year-old was found in possession of a rucksack which contained almost £6,000 in cash, bags of cannabis, digital scales and a large hunting knife, according to police.

Berry-Hill, unemployed, of Norton Terrace, Newhaven, was arrested and charged with six offences.

He pleaded guilty to all charges when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Monday 26 April, police confirmed, and was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for being concerned in offering to supply a controlled Class A drug – cocaine.

He was also sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for being concerned in offering to supply a controlled Class A drug – MDMA, to run concurrently.

Berry-Hill was handed further concurrent sentences for being concerned in offering to supply a controlled drug of Class B – cannabis (12 months); possession with intent to supply a controlled Class B drug – cannabis (nine months); acquiring / using / possessing criminal property (nine months); and possession of a bladed article in a public place (six months).

Sgt Darren Johnson, of the Lewes Neighbourhood Enforcement Team, said: “Harry Berry-Hill’s detention will have a significant impact on disrupting the supply of drugs into the community of Seaford.

“We recognise the harm that comes with the supply of drugs into an area, and we are committed to dealing with those responsible for such criminality.

“We hope this sentence sends out a clear message that drug dealing will not be tolerated in Sussex, and we will do all we can to remove harmful drugs from our streets.

“We continue to encourage people to contact us with any information or concerns relating to drugs supply in their community.

“Reports can be made online or by calling 101, or anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”