Jailed Camberley hotel drug dealers branded ‘unbelievably stupid’ by judge

Two "unbelievably stupid" drug dealers have been locked up for nearly eight years after being found with cocaine and heroin in a Camberley Travelodge.

Officers from Surrey Police were called to the hotel on November 15 last year to arrest Charlie Briant.

However, upon entry, officers discovered quantities of Class-A drugs on Briant and another man, Karl Reichmann, Guildford Crown Court heard on Monday during the pair’s sentencing hearing.

Leesha Whawell, prosecuting, told the court Briant, 24, was wanted on recall to prison.

Upon arrival at the London Road hotel, officers spoke to staff who identified the room he was staying in, which was in the name of 25-year-old Reichmann.

Miss Whawell told the court that upon arrest, Reichmann, of Surbiton Road, said to officers: “If I find out who grassed me up, I am going to rip their f*****g head off.”

Drugs, mobile phones and scales were found in the room along with £700 in cash.

The court heard, in total, 219 milligrams of crack cocaine and 11 grams of heroin were discovered.

Briant, of Wandsworth Prison, later admitted a recovered Samsung mobile with messages relating to drug dealing was his, as well as the cash.

Reichmann pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of Class-A drugs with intent to supply on December 17 last year, while Briant was found guilty after a trial in May.

'Addict'

The court heard how Reichmann has 39 convictions for 49 offences, including possession of cannabis in September 2011, with the rest relating to breaches of antisocial behaviour orders and shoplifting offences.

Briant has 19 convictions for 28 offences, including drugs-related offences, burglary, theft, harassment and criminal damage.

Laurence Imrie, defending Reichmann, told the court how his client had suffered from testicular cancer and leukaemia as a young man and had recently had family problems as well as suffering from a bereavement.

He then found himself homeless, unemployed and addicted to Class-A drugs.

Mr Imrie said: “At some point, Mr Reichmann then started dealing to other people he knew to be drug takers.

“In that way, he was someone who dealt drugs and was addicted to drugs himself at the same time.”

Mr Imrie said Reichmann used the drug dealing to fund his own habit but said the dealing was in fact "out of character".

He added that Reichmann was struggling in prison, where he has been on remand since being arrested.

“The chemotherapy has given him a hormone imbalance, making him a target in prison,” he said. “Life in prison is a lot more tough for him than someone who might normally go in.”

Jailed Camberley hotel drug dealers branded 'unbelievably stupid' by judge

'Unbelievably stupid'

Sarah Wyeth, defending Briant, said: “I must accept Mr Briant had a role, an operational function, within that chain.

“It was the Crown’s case at trial that Mr Briant was Mr Reichmann’s runner and no more than that. I would ask that the sentence you pass should reflect that.”

Miss Wyeth told the court Briant started dealing drugs to pay off a debt but said her client was making positive steps in prison and was reconnecting with his family and two children while on remand.

Judge Robert Fraser, sentencing Reichmann to three years and Briant to four years and six months, called both defendants "unbelievably stupid" for dealing drugs in a hotel.

He said it was remarkable the pair embarked on drug dealing in a location with dozens of CCTV cameras, adding that some of the deals had been caught on camera.

He said the pair’s actions had caused misery for other drugs users as well as their families and the community.

Judge Fraser added: “The reality is you have to take responsibility for that, until you do, you are never going to learn and you are never going to change your lives.”

Source: GetSurrey

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