Jail for Nottingham dealer selling crack in Coalville and Shepshed

Darnell Fuller operated from Nottingham and police said he thought that meant he would never get caught
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A drug dealer selling crack to users in Coalville, Ellistown, Hugglescote and Shepshed hoped he could avoid detection because he lived in Nottingham. But police raided Darnell Fuller's home and found plenty of evidence to have him locked up - included a gun with live ammunition.

They also arrested Mountsorrel dealer Jamie Pladgeman, who was Fuller's local contact and had been seen by Leicestershire Police selling drugs around North West Leicestershire. The pair had used multiple phone numbers to send bulk texts to known drug users offering the chance to buy highly-addictive class A drug crack cocaine, as well as heroin.

The raids took place in March 2022, when both were arrested. The search of Fuller’s home in Kennington Road, Nottingham uncovered mobile phones, cash and wraps of drugs which proved their links to dealing, as well as the firearm.

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Fuller, 25, later pleaded guilty to supplying crack and heroin and illegally possessing a firearm. He was jailed on Friday for seven years.

Pladgeman, 33, of Curlew Close, Mountsorrel, near Loughborough, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of crack and heroin. He was given a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Detective Constable Chris Fox, the officer in the case, said: “Fuller and Pladgeman were part of a wider group who developed a system targeting vulnerable people in our communities. They knew by sending bulk text messages, drug users would come forward.

“By operating from Nottinghamshire, I believe they thought they wouldn’t be caught. Pladgeman was their local contact within Leicestershire and he was seen selling drugs on the streets of North West Leicestershire on several occasions.

“Tackling the supply of drugs – and the operations of county lines gangs – is a priority for the force and I hope the communities where this group was operating can take some comfort from the fact their crimes have been uncovered and that they have been sentenced.”