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Drug dealers in Somerset jailed for total of more than 72 years

Aaron Manley Geddes was sentenced to eight years in prison. Credit: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

27 drug dealers caught selling heroin and cocaine on the streets of Somerset have been jailed for a combined total of more than 72 years.

Avon and Somerset Police say a series of dawn raids were carried out in July in Bridgwater, Glastonbury and Taunton following a four month investigation into the supply of Class A drugs in the towns.

Among those jailed were Aaron Manley Geddes, 24, from Southampton and Callum Sheppard, 22 from Weston-super-Mare.

Geddes was sentenced to eight years in prison while Sheppard will serve five years and four months.

In addition to those given immediate custodial sentences, 19 other people were given either suspended prison terms or community orders.

We always listen to the concerns of our communities but it can take us some time to develop the intelligence we receive and people shouldn’t assume that because they don’t see immediate results that it isn’t being acted upon.

Some of these dealers targeted some of the most vulnerable people in our communities – using their home as a base, or for transporting drugs. We won’t tolerate this and are working hard to prevent it but we need the public’s help to do this.

– Chief Inspector Lisa Simpson, Avon and Somerset Police