A young drug dealer who exploited a vulnerable elderly man and using his home to conduct illegal activity, has been jailed.

William Whitehead, 24, was sentenced to eight months imprisonment and four months, running concurrently, for possession with intent to supply class B drugs and possession of Class A drugs He appeared before Salisbury Crown Court on Friday, January 15.

The court heard how on the afternoon of December 4, 2019, officers went to an address in Catherine Street, Salisbury, with colleagues from Social Services, after reports of cuckooing and drug use at the home of a vulnerable elderly man.

The elderly occupant allowed officers into his home where they found Whitehead in one of the rooms behind a locked door, which he was persuaded to open. Outside the window of the room, officers found a rucksack containing cash in £10 and £20 notes, a sports sock with a white powder, and a clear plastic bag also holding white powder, a bag containing an unknown substance, and another sock with rolls of bank notes. Whitehead was arrested and the cash was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Forensic analysis proved the seized drugs were ketamine with an estimated street value of £2,760 and cocaine valued at between £160 and £200.

PC Crombellack said: “We welcome a custodial sentence, as this represents a serious crime with real victims in our communities. Wiltshire Police is committed to tackling drug dealing, cuckooing and dangerous drug networks wherever or however they attempt to operate.

“I hope this sends a clear message to anyone engaging in cuckooing and drug dealing that we are actively looking for you, we will find you, and we will put you before a court.”

“If you suspect cuckooing or drug dealing in your area please report it by calling us on 101 or anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”