October 31 2014 Latest news:
Peter Walsh, Crime correspondent
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
A Norwich man who was involved in the supply of “high purity cocaine” from Nottingham to Norfolk has been ordered to pay back nearly £2,000 or serve another 35 days in prison.
Rochel Garraway was sentenced to six years three months after he admitted possession of 278.51 grams of cocaine with intent to supply and another count of possession of cocaine.
Garraway, whose address held by the court was Romany Road, Norwich, was sentenced earlier this year but had a further hearing at Norwich Crown Court yesterday.
Following an application under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) Garraway appeared via a link from HMP Wayland.
The court heard the total benefit figure relating to the offence on December 28 last year was £21,188.94 with Garraway’s realisable assets £1, 973.94.
Judge Stephen Holt ordered the defendant to pay back the money in 28 days or face 35 days in prison in default.
As previously reported, Garraway, then 33, and Neil Stowe, then 42, were sentenced in March after both admitted their part in the supply of class A drugs on December 28 last year.
Stowe, whose address held by the court is Ashby Street, Norwich, was jailed for 18 months after previously admitted being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.
Sentencing them, Recorder Katherine Moore, said the offences involved the “regional importation of high purity cocaine from Nottingham to Norfolk”.
She said the potential total value of the cocaine, once cut down, was between £44,500 and £56,000.
The court a police officer on patrol on the A17 saw a black BMW car “travelling at speed” towards King’s Lynn at about 9.50pm on December 28 last year. Police got the car, being driven by Stowe, to pull over and discovered Garraway was a front seat passenger.
The officer found a plastic carrier bag containing a “significant quantity” of a white substance in the glove box, later found to be 278g of cocaine with an 81pc purity.
The wholesale value of drugs of this quantity would be around £15,000-£20,000 but once diluted certainly in excess of £44,500. The defendants were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent.
Stowe initially said he knew nothing about the bag and had bought the car three weeks before.
Garraway was searched and found to be in possession of 0.61g of cocaine.
He also had a couple of phones, £688 in cash and a bag with £2,437 written on it.
Officers also found a further small quantity of cocaine in the car itself, worth about £24 as well as a receipt for a cocaine purity testing kit.
Andrew Cogan, in mitigation for Garraway, said : “He was acting as a courier to bring the drugs back from Nottingham to Norwich.”
He said he had a “significant” rather than leading role and deserved credit for his plea.
John Farmer, mitigating for Stowe, said his client was in a “lesser role” and was entitled to credit for a plea which he entered on the basis he was the driver.
He was also ordered to forfeit his car to Norfolk Constabulary.
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