Southampton man jailed after sending text messages advertising heroin and cocaine for sale


Drugs marketer Owen Catton has been jailed after police discovered he was sending out texts advertising the sale of heroin and crack cocaine.

On August 4 police officers raided properties in Montserrat Road, Basingstoke and Bridge Road, Southampton in a bid to find an active line holder working for a drugs network in the city.

Enquiries found Catton, aged 29, was holding the drugs line that was used to send out marketing adverts for the class A substances.

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The mobile phone he used to send the messages was recovered during the raids.

Catton, of Bridge Road in Southampton, has now been jailed for three years after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine at Southampton Crown Court.

Detective Sergeant Russ Smith of Hampshire Constabulary, said: “This is a great result that has taken a drug dealer off our streets and helped to protect people from drug related harm.

“There is an undeniable link between drugs and violence and that is why disrupting drugs supply networks is a crucial part of our work.

“We are committed and doing everything we can to tackle drugs and associated crime in our city and keep our communities safe.

“I hope this sentence acts as a warning to anyone considering becoming involved in the supply of drugs in our city, it will not be tolerated.”

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