Three men sentenced for cannabis offences in Newhaven

Christopher Bywaters (left), of Lewes, and Luca Wright, of Seaford
Christopher Bywaters (left), of Lewes, and Luca Wright, of Seaford

Three men have been sentenced following a lengthy and detailed police investigation - Operation Anglia - into drugs offences in the Newhaven area some two years ago.

Having earlier pleaded guilty to the charges against them, the trio were dealt with by His Honour Judge Charles Kemp when they appeared before him at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday, November 7.

Luca Wright, 27, of Cricketfield Road, Seaford, was jailed for 20 months for producing the class B drug cannabis at a property in South Way, Newhaven, and jailed for a further 20 months for possession of the drug with intent to supply - a total of three years and four months’ imprisonment.

Christopher Charles Bywaters, 31, of The Nurseries, Lewes, was jailed for 17 months for the production of cannabis and a further six months for breaching a previous two-year prison sentence - a total of 23 months imprisonment.

Simon Robert Roser, 39, of Walden Court, Canterbury, Kent, was handed a 17 month jail term, suspended for two years, ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and given 15 days’ probation for his part in cannabis production.

All three men were each ordered to pay a £140 victim surcharge.

An order was made for destruction of the sophisticated commercial-scale cannabis grow found in South Way, Newhaven, and almost half a kilo of cannabis subsequently found at Wright’s former home in Rosemary Close, Peacehaven.

Afterwards Detective Constable Paul Gray, of Sussex Police’s serious organised crime unit, said: “As the result of a detailed investigation we were able to put forward high quality, overwhelming evidence that left the men no option but to plead guilty and they have now been sentenced for their crimes.”

Anyone who believes drugs offences are being committed in their community should forward details online or call Sussex Police on 101.

You can also contact Crimestoppers or phone the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.